Japan Provides US$3.2 Million to Support WFP's Project in Cambodia
AKP Phnom Penh, October 17, 2019 --
The Embassy of Japan in Cambodia has announced a new grant to support the World Food Programme (WFP)'s School Feeding Programme in the Kingdom.
The Japanese Embassy and WFP signed here this morning at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) the Exchange of Notes on the Grant Assistance, under the witness of H.E Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of MoEYS.
H.E. Mikami Masahiro, Ambassador of Japan, and Ms. Francesca Erdelmann, WFP Cambodia Country Director were the signatories.
“The Grant Assistance will be used to purchase an approximately 415 metric tons of canned fish to be used for breakfasts of school children in the most vulnerable communities through WFP,” said H.E. Mikami Masahiro in his speech at the signing ceremony.
“Cambodia's economy has grown significantly over the past years and the poverty rate has decreased dramatically,” he continued. “However, especially in the rural areas, a significant portion of the population still suffer from undernutrition because they lack access to sufficient and various food.”
Under such circumstances, added the Japanese diplomat, by providing canned fish for the WFP's School Feeding Programme, Japan’s assistance will contribute to improving not only children’s health but also their access to school education. “I sincerely hope that our assistance will be effectively used to secure a better future for children,” he underlined.
In Cambodia, the WFP’s School Feeding Programme includes school meals and scholarships (cash or food entitlements granted as conditional transfers to children with at least 80 percent attendance) and supports universal access to primary education and promotes increased attendance and retention. The programme has been implemented in Cambodia since 1999.
The school meals programme provides a daily nutritious breakfast to 300,000 pre-primary and primary school to Cambodian children in 1,260 primary schools across nine provinces while scholarships that grant cash or take-home rice entitlements as conditional transfers to children from marginalised families in grades four to six with at least 80 percent attendance reach 26,400 students in five provinces.
By Khan Sophirom