ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed its largest ever donation from Brazil - a contribution that is likely to push the country into WFP’s top ten list of donors and underline its leadership in fighting hunger on the domestic and international front.
“WFP thanks Brazil for this generous contribution which will help us to feed millions of the world’s hungriest people,” said WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran. “Under the bold leadership of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil is setting the pace among a group of emerging donor nations who are defeating hunger at home and are now joining the battle to help end hunger across the world. WFP looks forward to working with President-elect, Dilma Rousseff, in extending this humanitarian vision and Brazil’s hunger leadership in the days to come.”
Brazil has confirmed an in-kind donation of around half a million metric tons of food commodities that will be used to feed vulnerable populations in countries affected by emergencies, natural disasters or conflict, mainly in Africa and Latin America.
Earlier this year, Sheeran honoured President Lula as a “Global Champion in the Battle Against Hunger,” during a visit to Brazil to learn more about the country’s “Zero Hunger” programme - a home-grown solution to hunger that has helped to boost nutrition and food security among vulnerable communities.
“In Brazil, I met families who have moved from a life of hunger to a life of hope because of the impact of the Fome Zero (Zero Hunger) programme that President Lula adopted and supported during his time in office,” Sheeran said, adding that by sharing its experience and expertise with other developing countries, Brazil could help promote more country-led solutions to hunger.