UN World Food Programme

Celebrating 20 Years of Saving Lives With ECHO

In Ethiopia, a helicopter made available by ECHO has been critical to WFP’s operation providing assistance to Somali refugees. Copyright: WFP/Nigel Sanders

This year, the European Commission's Directorate- General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) marks its 20th anniversary. WFP joins in celebrating two decades of ECHO’s commitment to saving and protecting the lives of millions of people around the world.

In 1992, the European Union established a dedicated service to assist people around the world affected by natural and manmade disasters.
 
ECHO is among WFP’s top donors. Every year, ECHO supports WFP operations in more than 30 countries including responses such as in Haiti, Pakistan and the Horn of Africa. ECHO’s support also funds innovative new projects such as cash-and-voucher programmes as well as enhancements to WFP’s logistic capacity.

Here are a few of examples of how ECHO supports WFP:

Crisis in the Sahel

With help from ECHO, this year WFP scaled up operations in Burkina Faso to assist people hit by this drought in the Sahel region of Africa. Find out more

Horn of Africa

As part of the 2011 response in the Horn of Africa, ECHO helped WFP reach the most vulnerable groups in Djibouti. Find out more

Helicopters on Stand-By

Helicopters based in Kampala, Uganda are funded by ECHO and are dedicated to enhancing emergency response capacities in East Africa. Find out more

Support for the hungry in DPR Korea

ECHO funding helped purchase over 5,500 metric tons of wheat in DPRK to feed children under five years of age as well as pregnant and nursing mothers. Find out more

Rat Flood in Bangladesh

When thousands of rats destroyed crops and threatened the livelihoods of small farmers in Bangladesh, funding from ECHO enabled WFP to step in with programmes that helped local families get back on their feet. Find out more