DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The World Food
Programme (WFP) on Friday bought about 36,000 tonnes of maize
worth some U.S. nine million dollars from Tanzania's state-owned
National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) for refugees sheltered in
the western region of Kigoma.
The WFP Resident
Representative for Tanzania Michael Dunford and the NFRA Acting
Chief Executive Officer Vumilia Zikankuba signed an agreement
for the purchase of the maize at an event witnessed by President
John Magufuli in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
A statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential
Communication quoted Dunford as saying the 36,000 tonnes of
maize purchased by WFP was part of 160,000 tonnes of maize
bought by the UN food agency.
Dunford said the maize will be provided to refugees sheltered
in the east African country and to neighboring countries facing
For his part, President Magufuli praised WFP for buying the
maize to support refugees living in the country.
In October last year, the United States announced a
21.3-million-U.S.-dollar support to the WFP and emergency food
assistance for refugees in Tanzania.
Tanzania was sheltering nearly 300,000 refugees, many of whom
were women and children.
They have fled instability, conflict, and violence, in search
of a safe place.