Denmark steps up WFP food aid to conflict-affected communities in Myanmar

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YANGON – The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) welcomes a contribution of DKK 25 million (US $ 3.8 million) from the Danish government for its emergency relief operations in Myanmar, where needed Humanitarian aid increased significantly following the military takeover in February 2021, made worse by the socio-economic impact of COVID-19.

The Danish contribution will significantly strengthen WFP’s life-saving assistance to some 360,000 internally displaced people and other vulnerable families affected by the conflict in various states / regions of Myanmar, including the states of Chin, Kachin, Rakhine and Shan.

“Denmark is pleased to support WFP’s important work in providing essential humanitarian assistance to the people of Myanmar who are in desperate need of assistance. Unfortunately, there is an increase in needs, but we hope that the Danish contribution will help serve a certain population of people in need, ”said Anders Graugaard, Head of Mission of the Danish Embassy in Myanmar.

To meet their urgent food needs in 2022, beneficiaries will receive a basic food basket containing rice, pulses, oil and salt that meet their daily kilocalorie needs, or money to purchase food. food in the local market.

“The large and timely funding from Denmark will help WFP save lives in Myanmar at a time of increasing needs,” said Stephen Anderson, WFP Country Director in Myanmar. “We will ensure that this humanitarian assistance reaches directly those who need it most, working closely with communities and partners, including local civil society organizations. “

While continuing to support vulnerable populations in border areas, WFP has managed in recent weeks to provide relief food assistance to internally displaced people in Mindat in Chin State as well as to Kyauk Htu in the region of China. Magwe, areas that are difficult to access. Ensuring sustainable access to people in need uprooted by violence in various parts of the country is a top priority for WFP in Myanmar.

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