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United States Commits $600,000 for Food Relief to Support Refugees in Zambia

United States Commits $600,000 for Food Relief to Support Refugees in Zambia

September 09
18:34 2018

By Zambian Children Young People and Women in Development (ZCYPWD)

US Ambassador to Zambia Daniel Lewis Foote at Mukuba House Monday 30 July 2018 pix b Derrick Sinjela

Luapula, Zambia – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Food for Peace Office (FFP), in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP), has committed over $600,000 to support refugee food needs in Zambia’s Luapula Province.

With funding provided by the American people, WFP Zambia will procure 800 metric tons of food, enough to feed roughly 15,000 refugees for three months. Most of the donation will consist of locally-purchased cereals, beans, and peas. The procurement will come from smallholder farmers and local aggregators to help benefit local wholesalers and stimulate the economy, while also being cost-effective for reaching nearby refugee settlements.

“We look forward to USAID’s ongoing partnership with the World Food Programme as we join Zambia in caring for regional refugees during this crisis,” said USAID/Zambia Director Patrick Diskin. “Through Food for Peace, the United States is helping meet the food needs of refugees in Zambia and around the world.”

Patrick Diskin, Mission Director of USAID/Zambia

The ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has led to a significant influx of refugees into Zambia. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Zambian government Office of the Commissioner for Refugees estimate that 15,000 people have crossed into Luapula Province in Northern Zambia since August 2017, 80 percent of whom are women and children.

WFP Zambia Country Director Jennifer Bitonde acknowledged United States support in promoting food security for the Congolese refugees in Zambia’s Nchelenge district. “This contribution is an important signal that the refugees are not being forgotten, and a recognition of WFP’s efforts to respond to their plight,” said Bitonde in a Media Release by Public Affairs Officer Sean McIntosh.

Jennifer Bitonde (WFP) Micaela Marques De Sousa (UNICEF), Tharcisse Barihuta (UNAID), Dr. Helena Ndume (Namibian Ophthalmologist)

US Ambassador to Zambia Daniel Lewis Foote at Mukuba House Monday 30 July 2018 pix b Derrick Sinjela

Some refugees travelled for up to three months to get to Zambia, and have arrived in poor condition, with many having been victims of violence. The U.S.-supported food relief will directly assist the refugees to meet their food needs while housed at Zambia’s Mantapala Refugee Settlement. Additionally, WFP Zambia is working on multiple levels, to address social protection, nutrition, and sustainable risk management to advance food and nutrition security in Zambia, while also providing emergency food assistance to refugees.

US Ambassador to Zambia Daniel Lewis Foote at Mukuba House Monday 30 July 2018 pix b Derrick Sinjela

About USAID Food for Peace

USAID’s Office of Food for Peace partners with others to reduce hunger and malnutrition, and to ensure that all individuals have adequate, safe and nutritious food during difficult periods of transition.                                                    

About the United Nations World Food Programme

The United Nations World Food Programme works in more than 80 countries around the world, feeding people caught in conflict and disasters, while laying the foundations for a better future.

For more information about this press release, please contact U.S. Embassy Zambia Press Office at ZambiaPress@state.gov.

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