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Thursday, 7th June 2012
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Japan gives $700k to UN school meals scheme

The government in Japan has committed to providing $700,000 (£450,000) in funding for a United Nations programme to fund quality, nutritious school meals for pupils in Papua.

Pupils at 11 Papua schools in the Indonesian half of the island of New Guinea will benefit from the funding, which will go towards the UN World Food Programme's (WFP) Papua School Meals Initiative.

As part of the WFP school meals scheme, dishes made from locally-sourced foods are served to pupils, helping local farmers as well as children at the schools, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Coco Ushiyama, the WFP country director for Indonesia, believes that Japan's donation will not only improve the nutritional health of pupils in Papua but will also help the area's rural communities.

"WFP is very grateful for this important assistance from Japan, which will help us provide healthy and nutritious school meals to students in 11 Papua elementary schools," the news provider quoted Ms Ushiyama as saying.

Earlier this year, Japan provided a grant of £970,000 to fund the WFP's School Meals Programme in Sri Lanka.

Written by Susan Ballion