On 17 August 2011 at the Office of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon, Minister for Economy and Finance, with Mr. Jean-Pierre de Margerie, World Food Programme Country Representative, Kingdom of Cambodia, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the contribution from the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) to the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) for five years from 2011 to 2015.
Through this MOU, the Royal Government will annually contribute 2,000 tonnes of rice and US$ 467,000 to WFP for five years from 2011 to 2015. Therefore, over the next five years, the RGC will in total contribute 10,000 tonnes of rice and US$2.33 million to WFP and will together share its efforts to improve Cambodian livelihoods.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, WFP Representative Mr. Jean-Pierre de Margerie said, "the Royal Government’s generous 5-year contribution to WFP is unprecedented and makes Cambodia a model country in contributing multi-year resources for improving food security. It signals the strong partnership between the RGC and WFP and our joint commitment to find long-term, durable solutions to strengthen food security and nutrition for the poorest and most vulnerable”.
WFP is starting a new US$132 million budget 5-year Country Programme in partnership with the Royal Government which will provide assistance to close to three million people in the most food-insecure provinces across Cambodia, through joint school feeding, nutrition and food-for-work programmes.
"The Government’s annual contribution will allow these food-based social safety nets to reach the poorest Cambodians helping to build their resilience, enhance access to food and improve nutrition levels," said Mr. de Margerie.
In the past four years, from 2007 to 2010, the total Government contribution to WFP was 9,000 tonnes of rice and US$1.51 million. The total Government contribution from 2007 to 2015 to WFP will amount to 19,000 tonnes and US$3.85 million.
The RGC contribution is a response to an initial request from WFP during the soaring food prices in 2007. Even though Cambodia faces financial constraints, the RGC is committed to contribute to the generous support of WFP as well as to encourage development partners to continue their support to WFP.
The RGC believes the contribution will help in achieving Cambodia Millennium Development Goal #1 - “Eradicating Extreme Poverty and Hunger” in Cambodia.
At present, WFP collaborates closely with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Rural Development and the Council of Agriculture and Rural Development with a focus on: School Feeding, Nutrition and Food-for-Work Programmes.
For further information:
Rosaleen Martin,WFP/Phnom Penh, Tel. +855 92 941734