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Friday, March 22, 2012 - 5.14 GMT
Japan provides food grant assistance to Northern children


The Government of Japan decided to provide food grant assistance to the value of 120 million Japanese Yen (approximately Rs.180 million) to Sri Lanka through the World Food Program in order to support the ongoing School Meals Program in the Northern Province.

The Ministry of Economic Development will oversee the distribution of the food assistance. As part of this food grant assistance, Japan will provide canned fish which is manufactured in the areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, but processed in an area with no radiation threat and examined for safety by third party organizations. The products are the same as those sold in the Japanese market.

There is much concern about the nutritional needs of the resettled Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) especially children in the North. Good nutrition amongst children is of utmost importance since it has significant impact on their growth as well as their performance at school.

The signing of the grant contact took place in Japan on 16th March, 2012 between Hon. Mr. Toshiyuki Kato, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs and Mr. Mohamed Saleheen, WFP Japan Representative.




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