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Japan donates US$1,25m for vulnerable people

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JAPAN has donated US$1,25 million through the World Food Programme (WFP) to support about 11 000 vulnerable and food insecure people in Zimbabwe who have been severely hit by climate change and COVID-19.

In a statement yesterday, Japanese ambassador to Zimbabwe Satoshi Tanaka said the donation would go a long way in improving nutrition for the vulnerable communitie­s as well as building their resilience.

“We hope that this assistance will help to alleviate their hardship during the current humanitari­an crisis, and make them more resilient to climate shocks in the future,” Tanaka said.

Japan’s contributi­on comes at a time many people are struggling to feed themselves as a result of successive droughts and COVID-19-induced economic hardships.

WFP country representa­tive Francesca Erdelmann said: “This contributi­on will enable Zimbabwean communitie­s to move out of food insecurity and towards sustainabl­e livelihood­s.”

The WFP has been appealing for funds to feed more than half the southern African country’s population.

Japan has contribute­d to food assistance and community resilience building activities for vulnerable communitie­s in Zimbabwe throughWFP, with over US$23 million provided in funding since 2019.

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Japanese ambassador to Zimbabwe, Satoshi Tanaka

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