TC Winston

Top-up cash support for needy families launched

Government through the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, and the United Nations World Food Programme yesterday signed a Letter of Understanding (LOU) to formalize the partnership for special assistance for needy families affected by TC Winston. In a press conference held at […]

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April 12, 2016 9:22 am

Government through the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, and the United Nations World Food Programme yesterday signed a Letter of Understanding (LOU) to formalize the partnership for special assistance for needy families affected by TC Winston.

Minister of Women, Hon Rosy Sofia Akbar with Mr. Florent Chané, Head of World food program and Minister of Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Hon. Inia B. Seruiratu. (DEPTFO)
Minister of Women, Hon Rosy Sofia Akbar with Mr. Florent Chané, Head of World food program and Minister of Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Hon. Inia B. Seruiratu. (DEPTFO)

In a press conference held at the NDMO office in Suva yesterday, the official signing of the LOU took place between the Minister of Agriculture Hon. Inia B. Seruiratu, Minister of Women, Hon. Rosy Sofia Akbar, and Head of WFP Pacific Office, Mr. Florent Chané.

Minister Akbar while speaking at the signing said the assistance from WFP will benefit 71,700 individuals currently assisted under the Poverty Benefit Scheme, Care, and Protection Program and Social Pension Scheme.

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation expresses its sincere gratitude towards the World Food Programme for this initiative which will benefit particularly the poorest of the poor living in the affected areas.

World Food Program will provide $4.6 million towards supporting 13,000 households registered under the Ministry of Social Welfare’s ‘Poverty Benefit Scheme’, ‘Care And Protection’ Allowance and 8,000 individuals registered under the ‘Social Pension Scheme’, in the 12 areas that were most affected by the TC Winston.

The food assistance is part of the overall efforts by the Fijian Government coordinated by the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO).

Minister Seruiratu said that some of Cyclone Winston most-affected people will breathe a sigh of relief through WFP’s generous assistance

The funds will be properly received, accounted for and transferred to thousands of beneficiaries. Integrity and credibility are the cornerstones of our rebuilding efforts.

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Minister of Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Hon. Inia B. Seruiratu, Minister of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon Rosy Sofia Akbar, and Head of WFP Pacific Office, Mr. Florent Chané. (DEPFTO)

Winston took away food, crops and livestock – and for many, the roof over their head,” said Chané. WFP is proud to work with the Government of Fiji to help the most vulnerable families to buy nutritious food while they get back on their feet.

The Fijian government provided initial emergency assistance to some 350,000 people. In areas where damage was particularly bad, 12,761 households and 7,985 pensioners – or 71,700 people were identified as needing extra food assistance to help them meet their food needs.

World Food Program will top up the food voucher element of the existing benefits scheme with the provision of 150 Fijian dollars per month in May and June to each household, on top of the 50 Fijian dollars regularly provided through the MWCPA transfer system. Social Pension Scheme beneficiaries will also receive food vouchers worth 50 Fijian dollars per month.

World Food Program  is entirely funded by voluntary donations. WFP’s work in Fiji is supported by funding from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Food for Peace (FFP).

The assistance will benefit close to 13,000 families and 8,000 pensioners, living in the 12 most affected areas.

The assistance will be in the form of additional top up to the food vouchers, for the recipients of the Poverty Benefit Scheme (PBS), Care and Protection (C&P).

The monthly food voucher program will be topped up for existing beneficiaries of the Poverty Benefit Scheme, Care & Protection with an additional $150 only for the month of May and June 2016.

This is in addition to the $50 monthly food voucher provided through the Ministry of Women. The PBS and C&P recipients will receive a total food voucher of $200 Fijian dollars.

Social Pension Scheme beneficiaries will also receive a food voucher worth $50 Fijian dollars apart from the monthly cash allowance only for the months of May and June. The recipients of SPS will need to collect their food vouchers from their nearest social welfare district offices. These vouchers can only be redeemed at MH outlets, Dauds Supermarkets, Vanita Uluidai Store and Dhan Raj Chauhan Store.

World Food Program established an office for the Pacific region in Fiji in September 2015, with the aim of supporting governments in their emergency preparedness and response measures.

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