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WFP appeals for increased funding to aid Dadaab refugees amid food ration shortage

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WFP appeals for increased funding to aid Dadaab refugees amid food ration shortage

2024-06-20 22:02 Last Updated At:06-21 17:37

The World Food Program (WFP) has issued an urgent call for increased funding to maintain its life-saving operations in Dadaab, one of the world's largest refugee camps.

The UN agency has expressed deep concern over diminishing global resources, noting a widening funding gap that severely impacts the lives and livelihoods of refugees worldwide. In response to this crisis, the WFP has been forced to make difficult decisions.

For instance, in Dadaab camp located in northeastern Kenya, food rations have already been slashed by up to 40 percent.

Home to over 300,000 refugees, primarily from Somalia, Dadaab relies heavily on humanitarian aid for survival. Officials emphasize that the need has grown as more people seek assistance.

"The food rations we are given can only last for fifteen days, so we mostly rely on our neighbors for vegetables and other essential foods," said Amal Mahamood, refugee food advisory chairperson at Dadaab.

Sophie Wanyonyi, a WFP Supply Chain Manager at the camp, highlighted the critical nature of the situation.

"The amount of food that is required for the distribution is eight thousand metric tons a month, that is the consumption. But you see right now we have three thousand metric tons of which we have a deficit of five thousand metric tons a month," she said.

WFP has underscored that the dwindling resources constitute not just a financial deficit but a humanitarian emergency with no clear end in sight.

A significant concern in Dadaab is the nutritional status of refugees, particularly children. While some donor countries have pledged additional support, many contributions fall short of escalating needs.

"A reduction in the funding landscape happening against the backdrop of an increased influx of refugees into Dadaab further compounds the challenges and constrains our ability to be able to provide the food and nutrition support to the refugee populations that are in dire need of the same," said Charles Obayi, head of programs for the WFP at Dadaab.

While the WFP has secured assistance from the donor community until September, officials warn that the risk of the food supply running out remains high without additional funding.

WFP appeals for increased funding to aid Dadaab refugees amid food ration shortage

WFP appeals for increased funding to aid Dadaab refugees amid food ration shortage

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Premier Li urges high-quality development to further deepen reform comprehensively

2024-07-22 22:24 Last Updated At:22:57

Chinese Premier Li Qiang has called for efforts to push forward high-standard opening-up and actively explore and innovate to motivate more momentum and vitality, so as to advance high-quality development in further deepening reform comprehensively.

Li, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks during a research trip to north China's Tianjin Municipality on Monday.

Li first visited the core area of the Tiankai Higher Education Innovation Park, where he learned about the park's construction and operation, and had talks with researchers and heads of sci-tech financial institutions as well as start-ups.

Saying that the key to fostering new growth drivers and developing new quality productivity lies in reform and innovation, Li underlined staying focused on integrated development of sci-tech innovation and industrial innovation, therefore building a more efficient and attractive sci-tech innovation platform.

He called for more support for small and medium-sized sci-tech firms and incentives for sci-tech personnel in terms of policies and funding, so as to promote the application of scientific and technological advances, and accelerate the development of new quality productivity.

The park, inaugurated in May, was established through the collaboration of Tianjin-based top-notched universities including Tianjin University and Nankai University.

Li then visited the branch of the world-leading elevator manufacturer Otis and CDHorizon, a world's top integrated equipment operation service provider, in the Binhai New Area.

Li urged efforts to make good use of policies for supporting the large renewal of equipment and to support enterprises in promoting the new application of artificial intelligence, so that more enterprises and products with core competitiveness can compete to emerge.

The premier also highlighted innovative use of financial leasing and other financial instruments, thus better serving the real economy.

Li called on the Binhai New Area to take the lead in better stimulating impetus and vitality in deepening reform, underlining the reform in institutions and mechanisms of the pilot free trade zone, financial innovation and development, and high-level opening up to the outside world.

Li also emphasized the need to accelerate the integrated development of ports, industries and cities by leveraging strengths and characteristics, in order to integrate resources and enhance their role in promoting the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.

Fully acknowledging Tianjin's achievements in socio-economic development, Li expressed his hope that the municipality will forge ahead and constantly scale new heights in promoting high-quality development.

Premier Li urges high-quality development to further deepen reform comprehensively

Premier Li urges high-quality development to further deepen reform comprehensively

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