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Australia to Provide $2.5 Million to Boost Food Security in Sri Lanka

Wahyu Dwi Anggoro - 08 April 2022 13:55 WIB
Australia to Provide $2.5 Million to Boost Food Security in Sri Lanka
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne (Photo: foreignminister.gov.au)
Canberra: Australia is set to provide $2.5 million to boost food security in Sri Lanka through the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected food security globally, impacting food supply chains and contributing to escalating food prices.
"This $2.5 million in targeted development assistance will support child nutrition, strengthen productivity for smallholder farmers and improve livelihoods in rural areas," Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said in a statement on Friday.

The WFP and FAO will work to improve agricultural practices, strengthen market linkages and provide social protection to vulnerable communities, particularly households that are female-headed; with children under five; or that have pregnant or nursing mothers.

WFP will also address the immediate nutritional needs of school going children though the provision of meals at school. 

FAO will support a school garden program.

"Australia will continue to work closely with regional partners to support health security and economic resilience in the Indo-Pacific," she concluded.


(WAH)

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