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Friday, 08 August 2008

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Japan has pledged US $ 7 million in donation through the UN's World Food Programme to provide food assistance to the ultra-poor, the Japan embassy said in a statement on Wednesday.

The WFP will use the Japanese funds to distribute some 9,000 tonnes of rice to 100,000 extreme poor people living in areas prone to floods, riverbank erosion, coastal cyclones and tidal surges in shoals around three major rivers Jamuna, Padma and Brahmaputra, the statement said.

The Japanese assistance aims to aid the WFP to implement its Enhance Resilience programme that seeks to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable household to disasters.

Japan ambassador Masayuki Inoue said: "This Japanese grant re-confirms our continued support to the government and the people of Bangladesh."

WFP representative John Aylieff said: "Japan's contribution is crucial to WFP's operations in Bangladesh."

"The assistance will promote food security among thousands of poor vulnerable families affected by the last floods and cyclone Sidr," he said.

The contributions from Japan to WFP have reached US $137.9 million, making Japan WFP's fourth largest donor country in 2008.

Japan has contributed over US $70 million to WFP in Bangladesh, the statement added.

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