Japan Announces $100 Million Food Aid Package
The Government of Japan has announced a $100 million emergency food aid package to deal with rising global food prices within the next three months.
About $50 million of the aid package will be given mainly to African counties in May 2008 through the World Food Programme's (WFP).
According to a release issued by the Japanese Foreign Affairs Ministry and circulated at the UNCTAD XII conference in Accra, the aid package is in response to recent emergency appeals by the WFP for countries mostly threatened by rising food prices.
The release further stated that Japan had already contributed $68 million this year to the World Food Programme's activities and was the fifth largest donor to the WFP in 2007 with contribution totaling $119 million.
The Japanese Prime Minister, Yasuo Fukuda, as chairman of the G8, has expressed his intention to raise the issue at the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit in a letter he sent to the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon and the World Bank President, Robert B Zoellick, the statement said.