Australia provides AUD 3m to WFP to support TDPs, returnees

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Islamabad—The Australian Government has announced a contribution of AUD 3 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to cover the costs of milling, fortification, transportation and distribution of 8,126 metric tons of wheat donated by the Government of Pakistan. This wheat four will be provided to 102,000 Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) and returnees in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
To recognize the support provided by the Australian Government, WFP has held an advocacy event to announce this contribution. Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, H.E. Margaret Adamson, made the announcement at the WFP office in Islamabad. The Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON), Lt. Gen (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch, UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Neil Buhne, WFP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Mr. David Kaatrud, and WFP Pakistan Representative, Ms. Lola Castro were present on the occasion. “Australia has a long standing history of working together with Pakistan to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by crisis. Australia’s support is designed to help the most vulnerable, and to promote stability,” said Margaret Adamson. “Australia places particular emphasis on the protection and empowerment of women and girls.” “WFP welcomes this donation and looks forward to continuing the excellent and long lasting partnership with the Government of Australia” said Lola Castro.“The relief rations are especially crucial for the populations affected by shocks whose ability to purchase or produce food is limited while assisting returnees in the resettlement process so that they can build durable food security” she added. The Government of Australia has been contributingtowards WFP interventions supporting the Government’s Sustainable Return and Rehabilitation Strategy as a part of its efforts to ensure the stability of the region near the border areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan.—INP

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