The acting country director of the UN World Food Program said Tuesday the agency’s budget for the next two years will be increased to assist thousands of refugees in areas formerly under Khmer Rouge control.
However, Ken Noah Davies emphasized that the refugees comprise only a fraction of the 1.7 million Cambodians who benefited from the program in 1998.
Davies signed an agreement Monday with Minister of Foreign Affairs Hor Nam Hong for the assistance project, entitled “Food Aid for Recovery and Rehabilitation in Cambodia.”
The project is valued at $41.2 million, above the last two-year allocation of $37.8 million.
Davies said a joint WFP-UN Food and Agriculture Organization report comparing the nutritional levels of refugees with those of other Cambodians will be completed by the end of January.