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25 August 2010



Japan Donates US$4.7 Million towards
WFP Programmes in Uganda


The Government of Japan contributed US$4.7 million towards WFP emergency and livelihood programmes in Karamoja region.


Over 3 million US dollars will go towards emergency activities in response to drought in the region, and 1.6 million US dollars to the Karamoja Productive Assets Programme.


WFP’s emergency operation in Karamoja is part of a larger effort by WFP and the Government of Uganda to address critical needs including wasting among children and diseases, which prevent the body from absorbing food.


The Productive Assets Programme is aimed at reducing the need for food assistance. It will help avert seasonal spikes in acute malnutrition and prevent the spread of negative coping mechanisms, at the same time building community resilience and stimulating recovery through providing food or cash for work.


This is the second contribution from Japan to WFP this year. The Government of Japan provided 2.5 million US dollars in February for the local purchase of maize for food insecure families, and to create community assets in Karamoja.



Food distribution for people involved in the Karamoja Productive Assets Programme funded by Japan’s previous contribution. (All the photos by WFP/Claire Kamahoro)