Japan to Offer $6.5m Grant Aid to Drought Response in Somali Region

 Japan has decided to extend an emergency grant aid worth USD 6.5 million to the people affected by the drought in the Somali Region of Ethiopia, its embassy in Addis Ababa announced today.

The grant aid will be provided as emergency food assistance through a partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP), according to the embassy. 

The fund is expected to provide 7,600mt of food to 446,000 people in the Somali Region who have been impacted by the drought. 

“This will allow the beneficiaries to meet their basic food needs for a period of six months from July to December 2022,” the embassy said, adding that Japan “will continue working closely with the international community towards ensuring food security in Ethiopia.”

The latest grant aid comes after Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced $200 million in food security assistance at the G7 Summit last month as a response to the deterioration of global food security, which has been exacerbated by the situation in Ukraine.

By ethionegari@gmail.com

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