U.S. aid agency offers fund to WFP for food assistance to Afghans

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-10 15:44:19|Editor: Song Lifang
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KABUL, July 10 (Xinhua) -- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) offered 20 million U.S. dollars to United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support needy Afghans, announced WFP in a statement here Monday.

"The contribution will enable WFP in Afghanistan to provide food assistance to over 577,000 people in need. Nearly 70 percent of the money will be spent in Afghanistan to buy locally-milled, nutrient-enriched flour and salt," the statement reads.

According to the statement, people who will benefit from the donation included those who are internally displaced due to conflict, people affected by natural disasters or living in disaster-prone areas and people who struggle to feed their families at certain times of the year.

"Among those who will receive assistance are nearly 50,000 malnourished children under five and more than 12,000 pregnant women and new mothers," it said.

"Malnutrition remains a significant challenge in Afghanistan, which is why WFP works with millers to enrich wheat flour with essential vitamins and minerals. Everyone in Afghanistan eats bread, so fortifying flour is an effective way of improving the nutrition of a large part of the population," said Mick Lorentzen, WFP representative and country director.

The WFP plans to assist up to 2.9 million food insecure people in the militancy-hit country in 2017, the statement added.