The distribution of the food assistance will be supervised by the Ministry of Economic Development. In 2012 and 2013, the Government of Japan provided food grant assistance amounting to 120 million Japanese Yen and 220 million Japanese Yen respectively to the Government of Sri Lanka through the WFP in order to sustain the Schools Meals Program. Good nutrition is a major factor in the physical as well as mental growth of children and supporting this program is of much importance to the welfare of Sri Lanka’s future generation.
Under this food grant assistance, Japan will provide canned fish 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 a third party organization. The products are the same as those sold in the Japanese market.The grant assistance will be mutually beneficial to both Japan and Sri Lanka. Japan hopes this assistance would strengthen the long-standing friendship between our two countries.
The signing of the grant agreement took place in Rome recently, between Masaharu Kohno, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Italy and Ms. Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, UN World Food Programme.