MOZAMBIQUE RECEIVES 13 MLN EUROS IN GERMAN AID FOR DROUGHT VICTIMS

The German government has extended a grant of 13 million euros to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support its humanitarian activities in Mozambique this year, the German Embassy here says.

The embassy said in a statement Wednesday that the main purpose of the aid, channeled through the German Development Bank (KfW), is to support the WFP’s work in assisting victims of the 2016 drought, and in providing school meals in drought-affected areas.

According to the latest estimates, until the first harvests of 2017 can be gathered in March and April, about 2.3 million Mozambicans will continue to need food aid.

With the German grant, the WFP can supply food aid to around 250,000 people. For about 150,000 of these beneficiaries, this will be in the form of food-for-work, whereby they will be expected to assist their communities in building and repairing community assets so as to strengthen community resilience to future shocks.

These measures will be accompanied by training in agricultural techniques and in management of livestock resources,” the embassy statement added. All these measures seek to prepare the local population to be better prepared for future extreme climatic events.”

The grant also supports the National School Meals Programme. The German support will go towards meals for about 100,000 pupils in the most drought-affected regions of the southern provinces of Gaza and Inhambane.

It is hoped that this measure will persuade children who dropped out of school in 2016 to return to classes this year.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK