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Japan contributes $ 1.4m to feed Refugees in Rwanda

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Ambassador Takayuki Miyashita in Mahama refugee Camp

Mahama: The Japanese government has made a cash contribution of $US 1.4 million to WFP for food and nutrition provisions to one Burundian and five Congolese refugee camps in Rwanda. The grant agreement was signed in Rome on September 9, 2016 and handover ceremony took place in Mahama camp that is hosting over 50,000 Burundian refugees.


During the gift giving Ceremony

The Japanese contribution is part of a USD 21.6 million cash contribution provided to WFP globally to be able to provide vital food and nutrition assistance to the most vulnerable people in 11 countries in Asia and Africa, including Rwanda.

“This generous contribution from Japan provides hope to Burundian and Congolese refugees, in that they will continue to receive their full food entitlements”, said Jean-Pierre de Margerie, WFP representative and Country Director.

This contribution to WFP complements USD 2.5 million in support provided by the Government of Japan earlier in the year to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), helping its programs for refugees in Mahama, including provision of family shelters, health services, protection for children and women, education, and self-reliance initiatives.

Japan, moreover, has contributed USD 20.7 million for refugees and returnees’ assistance through emergency food aid and human capacity development since opening its Embassy in Rwanda in 2010.

“The Government and people of Japan are deeply concerned of the welfare of refugees in Rwanda, and this contribution to WFP is the manifestation of our commitment,” noted Takayuki Miyashita, Ambassador of Japan to Rwanda.

At the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), held in Nairobi in August 2016, Japan reaffirmed the importance of nutrition as “the very foundation of health,” and is stepping up its support for the alleviation of hunger and malnutrition on the continent.

WFP is an active partner of the “Initiative for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa (IFNA),” which was launched at TICAD VI by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), and is ready to accelerate collaboration with Japan in the area of nutrition.

In Rwanda, WFP operates under the overall coordination of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), in close collaboration with UNICEF in order to respond to beneficiaries’ urgent basic needs.

WFP is working in partnership with non-governmental organisations such as the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), American Refugee Committee (ARC), Africa Humanitarian Action (AHA) and Rwanda Red Cross Society for the distribution of food to refugees, administering targeted safety net assistance and screening of undernourished children in camps.

WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries. (End)



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