BEIJING (AP) — China has contributed $6 million to the World Food Program to help stave off food shortages in countries worst affected by the Ebola virus. The WFP announced Monday that the money will go to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the Ebola outbreak has led to widespread transport disruptions and higher food prices and caused some farmers to abandon their crops and livestock.
The donation will provide emergency rations for 300,000 people for one month, mainly rice, lentils and yellow peas. It follows the dispatch of several plane-loads of medical materials and aid teams from China to the three countries. With the world’s second-largest economy, China is beginning to make larger contributions to international aid efforts. Chinese companies are also among the largest investors in Africa.