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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 02/04/2014
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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The donation was announced in abu dhabi by the ministry of international cooperation and development in the presence of the director of wfp?s uae office

The united nations world food programme (wfp) has welcomed a generous contribution of 31 million by the uae towards its emergency humanitarian operations in syria.


The donation was announced in abu dhabi by the ministry of international cooperation and development in the presence of the director of wfp’s uae office and wfp’s regional emergency coordinator for syria.


“we are very grateful for this extremely timely contribution from the uae government. for the wfp this funding comes at a critical time as we work to meet the ongoing food assistance for nearly seven million syrians affected by the three year conflict” said wfp executive director ertharin cousin.


Last month a lack of funding forced the wfp to reduce the march food basket by 20 per cent. as a result families did not receive sufficient nutrients to stay healthy (1530 kilocalories compared with the planned 19 kilocalories.)


The uae donation will allow wfp to continue its process of providing food assistance to people impacted by the conflict. “this significant investment demonstrates the generosity of the uae and its people as they lead by example shouldering the burden of a crisis that has gone beyond the borders of syria. your support also reflects humanitarian solidarity with the countries hosting refugees.”


The wfp has appealed for 2 billion to feed around seven million displaced syrians. funding is also essential for wfp operations in neighbouring countries where over 1.5 million syrian refugees depend on the un food agency’s food vouchers. vouchers provide people with more choice; they can buy fresh food such as fruit vegetables and milk that are not normally included in conventional food rations.


In 2013 through the voucher programme the wfp injected over 400 million into the local economies of neighbouring countries. wfp plans to expand its voucher assistance to reach over 2.9 million syrian refugees this year.


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