TRIPOLI, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations' World Food Program (WFP) on Monday said Italy has provided vital food assistance to over 60,000 vulnerable people in Libya.
"The WFP in Libya welcomed a generous donation of 4.14 million U.S. dollars from the Government of Italy to support WFP operations that include vital food assistance to over 60,000 vulnerable people across the country, support for emergency response operations and data collection to identify needs and guide humanitarian intervention," said a joint statement issued by the WFP, the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, and the Italian Embassy to Libya.
The statement confirmed that this is the largest contribution the WFP has received in Libya since it re-established its office there in 2014.
Food insecurity in the country has been a challenge due to protracted displacement, disruption to markets, dwindling food production and overreliance on food imports, and has worsened in the past months due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and a suffering economy, the statement explained.
Ever since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011, Libya has been plagued by political division and escalating violence, disrupting the country's security, economic and humanitarian situation. Enditem