The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Saturday
21 July welcomed an historic donation of 33,000 metric tons of
rice from the Government of the Republic of Korea.
This donation will enable WFP to
provide food assistance to more than 1.5 million people, mostly
refugees, living in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda.
The 33,000 metric tons donation is the
first-ever rice donation received from Korea’s Ministry of
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
During his maiden visit to Kenya, the
Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, H.E. Mr. Lee Nak-yon,
handed over part of the consignment to WFP’s representatives at
a warehouse in Nairobi.
“The rice provided by the Government
of the Republic of Korea may not be enough to solve the entire
hunger issue, but I hope that it can help to ease refugee
hunger,” said H.E. Mr. Lee Nak-yon. “I hope that even one sack
of rice can help to ease the minds of these refugees.”
In Kenya, 13,000 metric tons of rice
will allow WFP to continue providing in-kind food assistance to
the 400,000 refugees living in Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps
for at least four months starting in August.
15,000 metric tons of rice have
already been dispatched to Ethiopia while another 5,000 metric
tons will benefit refugees in Uganda.
“We are here today to recognise the
generosity of the Government, the farmers and the people of the
Republic of Korea,” said Erika Joergensen, WFP’s Regional
“I truly hope and believe this is the
beginning of a strong partnership between WFP and the Republic
Cereals comprise about 75 percent of
the refugees’ food basket. Every month, refugees receive
cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, a nutrient-enriched flour made
from soya and maize, and a cash transfer from WFP to meet their
basic food needs.