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Japan News Release
16 September 2011



The United Nations World Food Programme thanked the Government of Japan today for a donation of US$6.3 million towards livelihood support programmes  in the Karamoja region.

This contribution will go towards WFP Uganda’s asset creation initiative - the Karamoja Productive Assets Programme – which is part of the government-led Second Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF2).

“This donation will directly support nearly 400,000 food insecure people,” said WFP Country Director Sory Ouane. “It will help the people of Karamoja to diversify their livelihoods and become more self-sufficient. Investments made under the Karamoja Productive Assets Programme not only mitigate against shocks such as drought but also enhance communities' food security by  providing conditional cash and food transfers, and creating productive assets. WFP is extremely grateful to the Government of Japan for this generous contribution.” 

Under the NUSAF2 programme, WFP assists 76,000 households - more than 450,000 people, or about 38 percent of the population of Karamoja.

This is the second contribution from Japan to WFP this year. US$500,000 was donated by Japan in July for humanitarian activities in Karamoja region as part of the response to the drought crisis in the Horn of Africa.