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(China Daily)

10:45, August 29, 2011

Kadijo Suleyman, an internally displaced person (IDP) from southern Somalia, holds her malnourished child in front of her makeshift shelter on Thursday, at the Taraboonka IDP camp in the Hodon district of Mogadishu. Drought in the Horn of Africa is affecting some 12.4 million people, the most severe food security crisis in Africa since the 1991-92 Somalia famine, leaving some 3.7 million people in need of food assistance and some 450,000 children malnourished in Somalia. (Photo from China Daily)

BEIJING - China has emerged as a significant player in international humanitarian aid and its experience in poverty reduction might be "exportable" to the drought-stricken Horn of Africa, a UN agency official said in an exclusive interview with China Daily.

"China is increasingly central to international disaster response and humanitarian efforts," said Terri Toyota, director of Government Donor Relations at the World Food Program (WFP).

She said China, a recipient of WFP programs, has now become a donor nation playing a vital role in reducing poverty and hunger beyond its borders.

"As China continues to make giant strides addressing its own development challenges, it demonstrates 'benevolence beyond its borders', a genuine concern for those less fortunate."

"WFP and China are working together to export success," she added, noting that the agency seeks to leverage China's expertise in poverty reduction and rural development to help people around the world escape poverty and hunger.

On Aug 21, the Chinese government made its largest single donation to the WFP, contributing $16 million to the agency's famine relief operation in the Horn of Africa.

China has so far contributed $20 million to the WFP this year.

On Aug 15, China announced food aid worth 353.2 million yuan ($55.28 million) to help Ethiopia and other drought-stricken areas cope with the current famine.
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