U.S. Supports the Sri Lankan Government in Providing Thriposha to Mothers and Children Through WFP

Photo: WFP/2023
Published September 21, 2023

COLOMBO – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) handed over a substantial consignment of 4,700 metric tons of soya beans and corn to Sri Lanka Thriposha Limited, to support the continuation of the Thriposha fortified food program. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) facilitated the handover at a special event held at the Thriposha factory.

This consignment forms part of a wider contribution of $20 million from the United States towards the U.N. World Food Programme’s emergency operation to support Sri Lankan communities impacted by the country’s economic crisis. As a significant contributor locally and globally, the United States has enabled the U.N. World Food Programme to provide cash, food assistance and value vouchers to food-insecure Sri Lankan families, while supporting national food and nutrition programs, including school meals and Thriposha, which is a fortified blended food product.

“The U.S. Agency for International Development is pleased to deepen our long partnership with Sri Lanka through our recent emergency funding to provide essential ingredients for the Thriposha blended food supplement to prevent malnutrition of Sri Lankan children,” states Director of the Office of Governance and Vulnerable Populations for USAID Asta Zinbo. “Responding to last year’s crisis, we witnessed the delivery of the last shipment of corn and soya beans to the Thriposha factory, in close collaboration with our partners the U.N. World Food Programme, the Ministry of Health and the Sri Lankan government. USAID supported Thriposha at the beginning in 1973, and it’s wonderful to see our joint efforts continue to safeguard the futures of countless children and mothers in Sri Lanka today.”

The country’s economic crisis, with lost jobs, reduced incomes and soaring costs of living, has affected people’s ability to access healthy meals. Vulnerable groups, including pregnant and breastfeeding women and young children, are at elevated risk of malnutrition.

“Of all of the groups affected by the country’s economic crisis, it is the children and women we are worried about the most,” says Deputy Country Director of the U.N. World Food Programme in Sri Lanka Gerard Rebello. “We are grateful for the generosity and support from the United States in assisting these vulnerable groups, so they receive critical nutrition at a time when they need it the most. The U.N. World Food Programme’s support to the Thriposha program is an integral part of our emergency operation to safeguard development progress and mitigate the long-term effects of the economic crisis.”

Thriposha is used to supplement a regular diet with essential nutrition and is provided free of charge through the national nutritional program. The U.S.-funded raw materials will be used to provide four rounds of Thriposha for over half a million pregnant and breastfeeding women and undernourished children under five.

The U.N. World Food Programme, with funding from donors like the U.S., has reached over 3.8 million people with food and nutrition assistance since June 2022 through its emergency operation, including those who received support through multiple activities.

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