WFP Statement On U.S. Food Aid Reform Proposal

Published on 11 April 2013

From WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin

ROME – WFP views the recently released food assistance reform proposal by the Administration as a positive sign of the United States’ steadfast commitment to supporting efforts to eliminate hunger.  The U.S. is WFP’s largest donor, and combating global hunger is an issue that has received strong bi-partisan support in Washington for more than half a century.

At a time of economic belt-tightening, when hunger needs remain great, we appreciate any donor’s review of funding, with the aim of improving efficiency and ensuring the greatest impact of limited resources.

We look forward to working with the Administration and leaders from both sides of the aisle in the U.S. Congress to ensure that American resources for international food assistance programs result in the greatest impact for hungry and poor people and families.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in more than 70 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Rene McGuffin, WFP/Washington, Tel. +1 202 6530010 ext. 1149, Mob. +1 202 4223383
Bettina Luescher, WFP/New York, Tel. +1 646 5566909, Mob. +1 646 8241112