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DateLine Sunday, 11 May 2008

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Japan to support alleviate food crisis

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) is awaiting 5,500 tons of rice and 110 tons of canned fish, valued at some US$ 4.6 million, contributed by the Government of Japan.

The shipment is scheduled to arrive in June. Japan's contribution will allow life-sustaining food assistance in the most food insecure areas for 2-3 months, feeding 300,000 internally displaced, returnees and economically affected people.

"I am concerned about the plight of the vulnerable people as the pipeline break for essential commodities in WFP programmes is looming.

Rice donated by Japan will be arriving soon and I am certain that Japan's food aid through WFP will continue to impact on the alleviation of the suffering of the destitute people.

Japan is also looking into its food aid support in view of the current food price rise", said His Excellency, Mr. Kiyoshi Araki, the ambassador of Japan.

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