The Japanese Government has made the contribution of US$ 500,000 that will enable WFP to provide food assistance to some 55,000 vulnerable children in Eswatini.
WFP Eswatini Country Representative, Cissy Byenkya said, “This donation is a crucial step towards meeting the nutritional needs of boys and girls in Neighbourhood Care Points, many of whom live with relatives or in child-headed households.”
Japan is a solid supporter of WFP, having donated US$ 4.5 million to WFP operations in Eswatini since 2017. The ceremony was attended by Japanese delegates from the Embassy in Pretoria, including Chargé d’Affaires Mr Kawaguchi and Second Secretary Ms Nakashima.
Chargé d’Affaires, Mr Kawaguchi said, “This vital assistance to the people of Eswatini, and partnering with WFP illustrates Japan’s commitment towards a world with zero hunger and ending malnutrition in all its forms. Neighbourhood Care Points allow children to access early education and basic care services, which are necessary for their development.”
The support comes at a crucial time, as food insecurity levels in the country remain high and particularly affect the most vulnerable, including children. Results from the latest Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis (VAA) of April 2019 predict that some 200,000 people will need immediate food assistance, with the figure expected to grow to 232,000 towards the end of 2019.
The Government of Japan has been funding food assistance for developing countries since 1968 and is a long-standing partner of WFP in Eswatini.