World Food Program welcomes $1.7 million from Japan for school feeding operation in Lesotho – Lesotho


MASERU – The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has welcomed a $1.7 million contribution from the Government of Japan to support the provision of daily meals to some 50,000 pre-primary learners in care and development centers in Early Childhood Development (ECCD) across the country and training 300 farmers in Mohale’s Hoek and Quthing regions of Lesotho over the next 12 months. The funding continues a Japanese-supported project, launched in 2019, under which WFP is helping build the capacity of the Lesotho Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) to facilitate the provision of nutritious food in ECCDs.

“We thank the Government of Japan for its continued and timely support to enable WFP and the Government of Lesotho to mitigate some of the negative impacts of COVID-19,” said Aurore Rusiga, WFP Country Director. “For the national school feeding program to be sustainable, it must be based on local agricultural production – and must ensure that smallholders can supply the quality products needed.”

The donation from Japan will provide two nutritious meals each school day: a porridge breakfast of Super Cereal Plus, made with corn, soy, milk, sugar and vegetable oil, enriched with vitamins and minerals ; and a lunch of cornmeal and canned fish. This contribution will be in addition to the standard daily lunch already provided with assistance from the Japanese government.

The contribution will also enable WFP to train 300 smallholder farmers in food preservation, processing, packaging, pricing and marketing techniques.

“The donation will help meet the increased need for food aid in this country caused by the pandemic and ensure a constant and vital source of solid food for young children,” said Norio Maruyama, Japanese Ambassador to Lesotho. “This project is an example of how Japan is delivering on its commitments at the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development in 2019.”

The Government of Japan has funded food aid to developing countries since 1968 and has been a long-standing partner of WFP in Lesotho. This new contribution brings Japan’s total contribution to WFP’s humanitarian assistance in Lesotho to more than US$19.5 million since 2004.

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CONTACT

For more information, please contact (email address: [email protected]):

Morongoe Masilo, WFP/Lesotho, Mob. +266 59912859 Email: [email protected]

Malehloa Letsie, WFP/ Lesotho, Mob. +266 50668018 Email: [email protected]

Mrs. Innocent Mohamme, Embassy of Japan in the Kingdom of Lesotho Email: [email protected]


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