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Japan Gives Guinea $5.8M to Tackle Food Insecurity

September 9, 2010

Japan gives Guinea US$5.8 million for health

Conakry, Guinea – The Japanese government has released US$5.8 million to Guinea to help it to tackle food insecurity in the most under-privileged areas, a statement from the office of the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

WFP said this aid was granted at a critical moment where food insecurity and natural disasters were resurfacing.

WFP representative, Fatma Samoura, said thanks to that distribution, her institution would be able to take vital food and nutritional support to ‘vulnerable people’ until late 2010.

The beneficiaries are from the most under-privileged groups of the region of Forest Guinea, the departments of Gaoul and Koundara (North) and the city of Conakry, the capital.

Primary school children in assisted schools set up by WFP, through its 680 school canteens, will benefit from that assistance as well.

One of the objectives of that aid, which will benefit 180,200 school children, is to contribute to increase the registration and success rate for schools, particularly girls.

About 17,800 children suffering from malnutrition, pregnant women and HIV/AIDS infected and affected people, or 28,500 beneficiaries, will also be taken care of.

The objective of the assistance is to prevent and reduce malnutrition within children under-five and improve food and nutritional security for people being treated with antiretrovirals and their families.

Food assistance will also affect 3,500 Ivorian refugees, based in the south, to protect them from food insecurity.

An enquiry conducted in 2009 by WFP and the Guinean government says that about 2.4 million people, or 32% of the Guinean population, are in a situation of food insecurity, including 8% hit by ‘serious food insecurity’.

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