The government of Japan decided to earmark, of its contribution to International Emergency Food Reserve (IEFR), 750,000 US dollars for the project of “Food assistance for children and mothers during the lean season” in Kokang Special Region 1 as a part of ”Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation(PRRO10066.3)” by World Food Program (WFP) in Myanmar. IEFR is a fund for humanitarian aid managed by WFP.
- The Japanese contribution of 750,000 US dollars is to be used to buy rice and blended food to support primary school children and under-3 children as well as pregnant and lactating mothers in Kokang during the lean season, in the following sub projects.
(1) Food for Education
WFP will implement Food-For-Education (FFE) through partner NGOs (AMDA, ADRA, CARE and World Vision)to support primary school children.875 metric tons of rice will be distributed to 22,700 school children in 273 schools for about four months.
(2) Mother and Child Nutrition
WFP will implement Mother & Child Nutrition (MCN) through a partner NGO (AMDA) to avoid malnutrition among under-3 children and pregnant/lactating mothers. 100 metric tons of blended food will be distributed to 3,300 under-3 children and pregnant/lactating mothers in 70 villages for about four months (One person will receive 8 kg of blended food per month).
- Japan has been one of the important donors for WFP Myanmar, especially in the border areas. Since 2003, the Japanese contributions to WFP Myanmar have amounted to 6,140,000 US dollars, including 2,530,000 US dollars to support the Cyclone Nargis affected people in 2008.