In a commendable act of generosity, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received a significant donation of 60 metric tons of dates from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This benevolent contribution facilitated through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief), is poised to benefit approximately 35,340 vulnerable and food-insecure individuals, including refugees, in Djibouti.
Dates: A Nutritional Lifeline
Donating dates by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not merely a gesture of goodwill but also a lifeline for those in need. These nutritious fruits, rich in fiber, not only cater to immediate food requirements but also align with the dietary preferences of the beneficiaries.
Agbessi Amewoa, WFP Representative and Country Director ad interim in Djibouti, remarked,
“The dates contributed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia add great value to WFP’s food basket, as they are very nutritious, rich in fiber, easy to use, and part of the dietary habits of the people we serve. This helps us meet the immediate food and nutritional needs of the people whose lives have undergone such a sudden and dramatic change.”
Extending a Helping Hand
A handover ceremony marked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s renewed support for WFP’s emergency operations in Djibouti. This ongoing collaboration reflects the shared values of both WFP and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, working together to combat hunger and make a positive impact on the lives of the most vulnerable populations.
WFP and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have joined forces through various initiatives with KSrelief, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to providing humanitarian and nutritional assistance to those in dire need.
Good Timing by the WFP
The donation of dates is particularly timely, as food insecurity continues to rise among vulnerable groups in Djibouti. The ongoing conflict in Northern Ethiopia has led to an increase in the number of refugees in the region. At the same time, the effects of climate change have resulted in pockets of drought and floods.
This support from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will not only bolster WFP’s efforts but also provide essential sustenance to those facing challenging circumstances in Djibouti.