ADDIS ABABA – The government of Germany has contributed €8.5 million for the UN World Food Programme or WFP’s 2021-2023 emergency food assistance operation in Ethiopia, the UN agency said on Tuesday.
The agency called the support “generous” and will finance its effort to save lives and the livelihoods of communities affected by conflict and climate change in the East African nation. The contribution is part of Germany’s flexible funding for the Eastern Africa region.
Germany’s donation will contribute to WFP’s emergency response in Tigray that aims to reach up to 2.1 million people with urgently needed food and nutrition assistance, said WFP that claims a total of 5.2 million people are in need of emergency food aid.
The donation will also support WFP’s refugee response in the country and help to deliver “life-saving and life-changing” emergency food assistance to communities in Ethiopia’s Somali region who are affected by extreme climate shocks, according to the UN food agency.
“WFP welcomes this timely and generous contribution from the people of Germany to enable us to respond to the most urgent humanitarian needs across the country,” said Dr. Steven Were Omamo, WFP Ethiopia’s Representative.
Omamo also said the UN agency “is immensely proud of its long-standing partnership with Germany.
“We are grateful for its commitment to working together with us to improve food security and help vulnerable people in Ethiopia to get the food they need to survive, get back on their feet and become food secure,” he added.
Germany made the assistance after its ambassador to Ethiopia, Stephan Auer, visited WFP’s warehouse and offices in Adama last week to witness food being dispatched to communities in need of urgent support.
In a statement WFO issued today, the ambassador said the WFP’s work “is of the utmost importance – now more than ever”.
The latest donation comes at a critical time as WFP faces a funding shortfall.
The UN food agency currently requires US$203 million to maintain operations in the Tigray Region until the end of the year.
The agency said it needs additional US$97 million to cover relief food operations in the Somali region during the next six months.