WFP ships China's contributions to Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and South Sudan

WFP ships China's contributions to Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and South Sudan

The World Food Programme has shipped thousands of tons of rice donated by China to Somalia, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, to help address their food security challenges.

This is part of China’s food assistance this year which also covers the Republic of Congo and Lesotho. The five countries are facing a range of issues that can impact food security, including armed conflict, climate-related disasters and sluggish economies. The assistance will mainly support displaced people and refugees, many of whom are women and children.

“China’s support enables us to expand our work and to reach more people in urgent need of food assistance,” Qu Sixi, representative of WFP China Office said. “We hope to further strengthen our partnership with China and make joint efforts towards achieving zero hunger.”

China’s contributions have enabled the WFP to purchase more than 8,700 tons of rice in China and other food globally that will benefit approximately 300,000 vulnerable people in these African countries. Established last year, China International Development Cooperation Agency or CIDCA is China’s new governmental agency that oversees foreign aid.

Original source: WFP
Published on 15 April 2019