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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Tanzania: DFID Makes Timely Move to Save WFP Operations

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has managed, in a short term, to avoid cutting rations destined for refugees in Tanzania, thanks to a £1 million (more than 2.6bn/-) contribution from Britain's Department for International Development (DFID), WFP was about to cut rations in October for nearly a quarter of a million refugees, given its lack of funds for its refugee operations in Tanzania. But now for the time being these operations can continue as normal. "The UK joins the UN and the international community in supporting the outstanding generosity of the government and the people of Tanzania in welcoming those who are seeking safety from the violence in Burundi and the Great Lakes," said DFID Head of Cooperation, Vel Gnanendran. According to him, UK had provided an immediate, additional contribution of £1 million to support WFP in providing food to the increasing number of refugees arriving in Tanzania. This brings the total contribution to WFP to £6.5 million since the crisis began. WFP distributes life-saving food to some 236,000 refugees living in three camps in Kigoma Region in north-west Tanzania. Refugees are dependent on this assistance, which includes maize meal, pulses, vegetable oil, salt and a nutrient-rich porridge blend.

Source: allafrica.com