KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US$2 million contribution from the Russian Federation that will support WFP’s food distributions in Sudan.
The donation will be used to provide food assistance to 70,000 beneficiaries for two months.
“The donation is coming within the framework of continuing cooperation between the Russian Federation and UN World Food Programme to provide the Sudanese citizens in need with vital necessities,” underlined the Russian Chargé d’Affaires Yury Vidakas. “We think that it is our duty to render assistance at any possible form to the friendly people of the Republic of the Sudan. We are very proud of being the first WFP donors to respond to WFP Sudan’s request for funding for its 2014 emergency operation,” he added.
“We are very grateful for the Russian Federation’s support which will help WFP provide timely and much-needed food assistance to displaced and conflict affected people as well as other vulnerable groups across the country,” said WFP Representative and Country Director in Sudan Adnan Khan.
In 2014, WFP plans to reach close to 4 million people across Sudan, more than 3 million of whom are in Darfur. In addition, WFP is concerned with supporting those who have been newly displaced following recent conflict in Darfur and South Kordofan, North Kordofan and Blue Nile states.
Sudan remains one of WFP’s largest and most complex operations, providing food assistance to people suffering from conflict, displacement and chronic under-nourishment in Darfur, as well as in the east and border areas to the south.
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WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. On average, WFP reaches more than 90 million people with food assistance in 80 countries each year.