Luxembourg steps up funding for hungry poor around the world

Published on 09 October 2006

WFP has welcomed a significant new donation of €5.6 million from the government of Luxembourg. With a total contribution this year of €9.6 million, Luxembourg is one of WFP’s most important donors in the fight against hunger.

WFP has welcomed a significant new donation of €5.6 million from the government of Luxembourg.

This generous commitment, which amounts to around €26 per child per year, will have an immense impact on children’s lives

James Morris, WFP Executive Director

With a total contribution this year of €9.6 million, Luxembourg is one of WFP’s most important donors in the fight against hunger.

As a strong supporter of WFP’s school feeding programmes, Luxembourg has just announced €2.6 million this year to fund school meals for 100,000 poor children in the Sahel region.

“This generous commitment, which amounts to around €26 per child per year, will have an immense impact on children’s lives,” said James Morris, WFP Executive Director on his first official visit in Luxembourg, on 9 October.

Neglected region

“WFP is very concerned about the plight of people in the region, which is often neglected as a result of more visible emergencies occurring elsewhere on the continent,” said Morris.

“This year, countries like Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso have again suffered the consequences of conflict, natural disasters and food insecurity.”

“A part of Luxembourg’s generous contribution – €2 million – is particularly valuable as it will address what we call ‘forgotten crises’ – hidden hunger emanating from the HIV/AIDS pandemic and child hunger and poverty. Rarely highlighted in the media, food aid for these crises can have a huge impact on millions of lives,” said Morris.

HIV/AIDS

These latest contributions from Luxembourg will also benefit people suffering from food insecurity in Afghanistan, the Great Lakes region, the Horn of Africa and the Sahel.

A further €1 million from the donation will be allocated to HIV/AIDS-related activities.

With its 50 percent increase in support of HIV/AIDS programmes, Luxembourg is now one of the most important and most committed donors in this area.

During the visit, the Executive Director had talks with His Royal Highness Henri Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Jean-Louis Schiltz, Minister of Cooperation and Humanitarian Action, Lucien Weiler, President of the parliament, as well as with members of the parliament.

Luxembourg’s previous contributions this year – a total of €4 million – are going to WFP’s operations in the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Middle East, Central Asia, Niger, Southern Africa, Sudan and West Africa.