US provides 6.8 million dollars to Nepal

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Kathmandu, Oct 17 (UNI) The United States has provided 6.8 million dollars to the United Nations World Food Programme's operation to support the peace process and provide food aid and livelihood support to the insurgency hit people in Nepal.

''The assistance demonstrates the continued support of the US for a more peaceful and prosperous Nepal,'' US Ambassador to Nepal Nancy J Powell said.

''Through the World Food Programme (WFP), the 6.8 million dollars will be used to improve the lives of Nepalis who continue to suffer from the effects of years of conflict, '' the Ambassador added.

At a cost of about 49 million dollars, the WFP's peace and recovery operation aims to provide food aid and livelihood support to over 1.2 million conflict-affected people in Nepal who continue to struggle to rebuild their lives.

As a part of the effort, the US contribution will provide in-kind food aid to over 160,000 people and essential cash resources needed to kick-start the operation.

''Despite efforts made since the end of the conflict last year, many people have yet to receive any tangible benefits from the peace process,'' WFP country representative Richard Ragan said.

''This critical support from the US will enable us to reach-out and provide a safety net to these vulnerable populations during this uncertain time in Nepal's peace process,'' he added.

The WFP's peace and recovery activities will be implemented in 28 of the most food-insecure, conflict-affected districts in Nepal.

The programme activities include rehabilitation and construction of critical infrastructure, return and rehabilitation packages and civic education training.

UNI

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