World Food Programme welcomes China’s contribution for food assistance in Ethiopia

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The World Food Programme (WFP) announced a contribution from the Government of the People’s Republic of China which will be used to purchase over 4,000 metric tonnes of maize for 268,000 internally displaced people in the Somali Region of Ethiopia.
“WFP is grateful to China for making this generous contribution and supporting our efforts to assist those in need,” said Steven Were Omamo, WFP’s Country Director and Representative in Ethiopia. “As one of WFP’s key partners, we are grateful for the commitment shown by China in helping vulnerable people in Ethiopia to get the food they need to survive,” he added.
Over the past five years, China’s contributions to WFP has enabled the purchase of almost 13,000 metric tonnes of food in Ethiopia. This latest donation comes at a critical time as the organisation faces a funding shortfall, and urgently requires USD 325 million to maintain operations in Ethiopia from March to August 2021.