Climate Change Japanese envoy visits Satkhira
Staff Reporter Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Shiro Sadoshima and World Food Program (WFP) Representative Christa Rader on Wednesday visited Satkhira to see the impact of WFP’s programs taken to help communities enhance their resilience to natural disasters and effects of climate change. Japan has funded the program with a donation of US$ 5.46 million in 2013, part of a total contribution to the program of US$ 46 million, since 2008. This project enabled WFP to help more than 1.3 million people enhance their resilience to disasters and the effects of climate change, said a WFP media release. The government of Bangladesh co-finances the program with a matching fund. “Seeing believes,” said Japanese envoy Sadoshima adding, “I’ve observed the effective and efficient implementation of our food assistance to Bangladesh through WFP, which is underway in this region as smoothly as in other parts of the country.” He thanked the WFP and the government of Bangladesh for their hard works. Christa Rader said Japan’s support has been instrumental in making thousands of communities on the southern coastal belt of Bangladesh and in flood-prone areas along the Jamuna River in northern Bangladesh more resilient to natural disasters. “People in these areas can now grow more crops in the dry season and lose less of their harvest to floods.” More than 400,000 people in the most disaster-prone upazilas in 12 of the poorest districts of Bangladesh are currently benefiting from the Japanese contribution.