Japan will offer an additional $21 million in food aid to four drought-hit countries on the Horn of Africa -- Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti.
Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba made the pledge Saturday during a ministerial mini-summit at the U.N. headquarters, Japanese media reported Sunday. The latest offer follows Japan's $100 million pledge earlier this year to the Horn of Africa. The aid will most likely come from stockpiled supplies of rice and other products, officials were quoted as saying.
At the mini-summit, the African Union (AU) secured over $351 million in financial aid for the region. Countries of the Horn of Africa have been gripped by severe drought and famine - the worst in 60 years, Jean Ping, AU Commission chairman, told reporters.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said that about $700 million are still required this year to continue the life-saving efforts in the Horn of Africa, adding that more aid will be necessary next year, AP reported.© Japan Today