UN food aid agency lauds record 2005 European contributions to fight hunger

30 December 2005

With its latest donation of 4 million euros for Pakistan relief efforts, the European Commission (EC) has provided its largest annual contribution – some 214 million euros – since 1992 to saving lives and feeding the hungry through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the agency said today.

With its latest donation of 4 million euros for Pakistan relief efforts, the European Commission (EC) has provided its largest annual contribution – some 214 million euros – since 1992 to saving lives and feeding the hungry through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the agency said today.

“2005 has been a year in which the EC's support to WFP continued to grow and has crystallised into a truly exceptional partnership,” said James Morris, Executive Director of the Rome-based agency.

“The EC has always been among WFP's leading donors. Its support has not only been precious in high profile crises such as the tsunami, Niger or the Pakistan earthquake, but also in forgotten emergencies, like Nepal and the Sahrawi refugees in Algeria,” he added.

The EC has been instrumental in helping WFP to alleviate hunger in more than 28 poor countries across the world where hundreds of thousands of people were threatened by starvation during a year of intense man-made and natural catastrophes.

The agency said it particularly appreciates EC aid given to Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia Southern Sudan and Eritrea and other crises that do not make everyday headlines.

 

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