Japan makes largest donation ever to World Food Programme
Jan 20, 2011
The World Food Programme (WFP) functions largely on the contributions from foreign governments, individuals and charitable organizations and they recently received a major boost. The government of Japan has donated $197 million to the U.N. organization, the largest single contribution ever made to the program, according to UPI.com.
"We are extremely grateful for this substantial supplementary aid package and Japan's continued commitment to promoting human security and peace-building. This is proof of Japan's strong leadership in global food and nutrition security," Mohamed Saladeen, director of the WFP office in Japan, told the news source.
The donation is a major relief to the organization that recently reported that they were dangerously under budget. The aid package will go to more than 20 countries in Asia and Africa to provide food and other essential services. Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda are some of the direct recipients that will benefit most from Japan's generosity.
According to the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization, one in twelve people worldwide is malnourished.