WFP Executive Director James Morris and Josée Verner, Canadian Minister of International Cooperation, discussed Canada’s support of the agency and how the country can help WFP respond to needs following Indonesia’s earthquake in a meeting on 29 May in Ottawa.
The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has donated over $100 million to WFP this year.
Widely felt generosity
“The impact of CIDA's contributions and its generosity are felt every day by millions of poor and hungry people throughout the world," said Mr. Morris.
"While ordinary Canadians may not always see their country's incredible commitment at work, we do and it has made the difference between life and death for millions of people whose lives have been destroyed by conflict as well as natural disasters,” he said.
CIDA's recent contributions have helped fight drought-induced hunger and malnutrition, conflict and disasters, as well as food shortages mainly in Africa and the Americas.
Some of the projects that WFP and Canada have collaborated on include:
During their meeting, Minister Verner and Mr. Morris discussed the earthquake disaster in Indonesia and how best CIDA could respond to the needs on the ground.
Mr. Morris said that the WFP has already accessed funds from the Immediate Response Account, supported by Canada.
"Canada is deeply concerned about the millions of people suffering from hunger and malnutrition globally, most of whom live in Africa," said Minister Verner.
"Canada's ongoing support to the World Food Programme not only ensures that urgent food aid reaches those who need it most, it also contributes to the alleviation of human suffering, saving lives and improving food security."