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Japan Grants $3.5mln to WFP’s Relief Efforts in Ethiopia

Japan has extended a USD 3.5 million emergency grant in support of drought and conflict-hit communities in Ethiopia, its embassy in Addis Ababa said on Wednesday.

The grant was provided as emergency food assistance through a partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP).

The embassy in a statement today said the fund will be used to procure 1,093 metric tons of specialized nutritious food for 38,800 children under the age of five as well as 16,500 pregnant and lactating women.

“This support will be provided through the targeted supplementary feeding programme, in line with the National Guidelines for Management of Acute Malnutrition,” the statement read.

The grant is a part of USD 50 million aid Tokyo is providing in response to deteriorating food security in Africa, Middle East and Asia.

“Japan will continue to make efforts to ensure global food security in collaboration with the international community, including the G7,” the embassy said.