Uganda: China food donations reaches school children

It is said that the majority of the population in North-East Uganda benefited from the China food donations.

The UN’s food aid agency stated yesterday that thousands of people including school-going children in drought-stricken North-East Uganda benefited from the China food donation through the UN World Food Program (WFP).

Abdirahman Meygag, the UN World Food Program (WFP) representative to Uganda, and Zhang Lizhong, Chinese ambassador to Uganda, attended a handover certificate signing ceremony in Kampala, Uganda, on March 29, 2022.

At a handover certificate signing ceremony, Abdirahman Meygag, WFP country representative, said the food donations by China last year has reached over 130,000 children through the school feeding program and 70,000 individuals through targeted food assistance to improve the food security of vulnerable households.

Zhang Lizhong, Chinese ambassador to Uganda, emphasized the value of the donation as it would help keep children in school.

He said China is discussing with Ugandan officials to see how the Asian country can assist Uganda in using agriculture to fight poverty.

The humanitarian agency talked about the food crisis situation in the region. He said that over 50 percent of the population will likely be food insecure this year.

The situation is likely to worsen because of the ongoing cattle rustling, which cannot allow people to farm.

Meygag said while the world is focusing on the Ukrainian humanitarian crisis, other crises like the food security situation in northeastern Uganda need attention.

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