Wed 06 Sep 2023 10:28 am - Jerusalem Time
UN World Food Program: Japan provide 1.5 m $ to support Palestinian food needs
According to WFP website: The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) welcomed a vital and timely contribution of JPY 200 million (US$1.5 million) from the Government of Japan which will enable WFP to provide much-needed food assistance to the most vulnerable Palestinian families in Gaza.
Amid a severe funding shortfall, deteriorating humanitarian conditions, economic fragility, and surging prices of food commodities, this contribution will enable WFP to sustain the provision of nutritious in-kind food sustenance to 27,000 food-insecure Palestinians in Gaza for a period of three months. Each family will receive fortified wheat flour, pulses, vegetable oil and iodized salt, which are essential for families to prepare daily nourishing meals.
Mr. NAKASHIMA Yoichi, H.E. Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to Palestine, said: “This support embodies Japan's commitment to continue its contribution to supporting Palestinian food security and its keenness on the future of the two-state solution.”
In the Gaza Strip, soaring unemployment and high poverty combined with movement and access restrictions impede people's chances of bettering their lives and erode their purchasing power. Already exacerbated by the impact of the Ukraine crisis, more than 63% of Gaza's population is food insecure, struggling to make ends meet. WFP food basket represents their sole means of providing meals for their families. This includes those furthest below the poverty line in Gaza.
The Minister of Social Development, Dr. Ahmed Majdalani, said that the Ministry of Social Development is seeking with all Arab and international partners to urge them to contribute to bridging the financial gap that the World Food Program suffers from, as a result of the decline in funding in favor of the program, in addition to the outbreak of many economic crises in the region, which reduced the amount of assistance for the program.
"Japan's steadfast partnership has been instrumental in our mission to provide vital assistance to tens of thousands of struggling families every year," said Samer Abdel Jaber, WFP Representative and Country Director to Palestine. "Especially during these challenging times where suffering is most acute, WFP food assistance remains a lifeline for vulnerable Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Japan for their unwavering support for WFP during a sensitive era of funding shortfall.”
As we welcome contributions from the Government of Japan with profound appreciation, we are raising the alarm for the severe funding shortfall that persists to hinder WFP's capacity to continue providing vital assistance to the most vulnerable families in Palestine. If no funding emerges, WFP operations in Palestine will be forced to halt by November this year.