China has agreed to support an emergency effort to improve the nutrition of mothers in Timor-Leste, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) says.
The support, from the Chinese South-South Cooperation Assistance Fund, will help the UN agency give over 12,000 pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers in 13 Timorese municipalities a special diet to lessen the danger of malnutrition, the WFP announced in writing last week.
The announcement quotes a WFP official, Qu Sixi, as describing the Chinese contribution as generous, and as saying it comes at a critical time, when climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic have increased hardship and the unreliability of the food supply in Timor-Leste.
Separately, the Timorese state-run news agency, ANTIL, reports that the Chinese contribution is a gift of US$1 million to pay for the WFP to supply Timorese women with 548 tonnes of food over the course of one year.
(Source) Permanent Secretariat to the Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries (Macao):