The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Japan to provide $5m to WFP for Afghanistan

KABUL: Japan has announced to provide a contribution of up to 5 million U.S. dollars in aid for Afghanistan through the World Food Program (WFP), the ambassador said the other day. Japan’s Ambassador Takashi Okada said his country has been a consistent and strong supporter of the Afghan people and WFP over the past years and that Japan viewed food assistance as one of the primary ways to reach sustainable development and human security. The UN food agency welcomed the contribution, which came amid food ration cuts pushing tens of thousands of families to the brink of extreme poverty. In March, WFP was forced to reduce lifesaving assistance for at least 4 million people due to a lack of funds, nine million people could go without food aid in April if no new funding was received. Of the latest Japanese contribution, $4 million will be used to provide families with food assistance and 1 million U.S. dollars in aid through ink-kind food aid. WFP Country Director Hsiao-Wei Lee, hailing the Japanese contribution, called the UN food assistance the last lifeline for millions of Afghans. “Catastrophic hunger knocks on Afghanistan doors and unless humanitarian support is sustained, hundreds of thousands more Afghans will need assistance to survive,” she said. The Kabul Times

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.