WFP says generous Irish donation will help save lives

Published on 31 March 2006

WFP has welcomed a donation of €6.2 million from Ireland, noting that the cash – which comes with no conditions as to where or how it may be used – will enable WFP to get food swiftly to hungry people who risk being forgotten by the rest of the international community.

WFP has welcomed a donation of €6.2 million from Ireland, noting that the cash – which comes with no conditions as to where or how it may be used – will enable WFP to get food swiftly to hungry people who risk being forgotten by the rest of the international community.

“Ireland has again demonstrated its legendary generosity towards the hungry,” said James Morris, Executive Director of the World Food Programme.

“By giving us the latitude to use these funds wherever they’re needed most, we will be able to save many more lives,” he said.

Rations slashed

WFP is currently struggling to reach close to 50 million people in Africa alone.

Ireland has again demonstrated its legendary generosity towards the hungry

James Morris, Executive Director of the World Food Programme

In recent weeks, lack of funds has forced it to slash food rations for refugees in Zambia and Kenya, plus people fleeing violence in Sudan.

Despite the fact that nine out of every ten deaths from hunger occur outside major emergencies, its assistance to people who are not the victims of humanitarian crises – but whose needs are no less urgent -- is also chronically short of funds.

Donation doubled

Today’s €6.2 million donation from the Department of Agriculture and Food is an annual contribution to WFP, which has almost doubled since 2000.

Additional support is also received from Irish Aid, in the Department of Foreign Affairs.

In 2005, a total of €15 million was donated to WFP – the equivalent of €3.50 per Irish citizen.