YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Government of Greece has contributed $100,000 to the United Nations World Food Program (UN-WFP) Armenia Office to assist the country’s drought-stricken subsistence farmers. The Greek donation will be used to purchase yellow split peas which will be a third item added to the WFP food aid basket planned to reach the target beneficiaries in the upcoming general relief distribution.
The WFP is implementing an eight-month "Assistance to Drought Victims" emergency operation–covering rural communities in the six northern provinces hit by the drought. The aim of this operation is to provide assistance to drought-affected–food insecure–poor families until the next harvest in mid-2001.
The Greek donation will buy 178,000 tons of split yellow peas which will be distributed to 35,600 households or so–five kilograms each. This is the third donation made by Greece to the WFP–with the first two made in 1994 and 1996.
Other donors of this drought assistance project include Canada–Denmark–the Federal Republic of Germany–Italy–Japan–Switzerland–the United Kingdom–and the United States