WFP sets up base in Poland to increase food aid to Ukrainians

The World Food Program is stepping up its efforts to provide food aid to Ukrainians in the country and those who have fled, setting up a temporary office in Krakow, southern Poland.

As Russian forces continue their attacks, food and water are becoming scarce in various parts of the country.

The UN refugee agency says as of Friday, more than 2.59 million people have left the country since the start of the Russian invasion.

Senior WFP official Jakob Kern, who is in charge of tackling the food crisis in Ukraine, briefed NHK on their operations.

He said they plan to bring food mainly to areas surrounded by the Russian military, such as Kiev, Mariupol and Kharkiv.

Kern also said the food is in Ukraine but the supply chain has broken so the food is not where it should be.

He added that people are desperate because they don’t have access to food.

Kern also noted that food program funding is needed for those who are displaced, as they cannot bring much money with them.

Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa told WFP Executive Director David Beasley on Thursday that Japan was ready to provide the agency with part of its $100 million emergency humanitarian aid fund. .

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