PotashCorp Donates US$250,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme for Nepal Earthquake Relief
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (PotashCorp) today announced a donation of US$250,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help in the international aid effort for the victims of the massive earthquake in Nepal.
PotashCorp’s donation is being directed to food aid by providing support for the WFP’s US$150 million effort aimed at providing for an estimated 1.9 million people who do not have access to food.
“The situation in Nepal is heartbreaking and, as a global citizen whose products help feed the world, we want to lend our support,” said Jochen Tilk, President and CEO of PotashCorp. “By joining forces with the World Food Programme, PotashCorp is helping provide basic nutrition to those people rebuilding their lives and their country.”
“This generous contribution from PotashCorp to support WFP’s response in Nepal is critical to help get much needed food to the survivors who have already lost everything,” said WFP’s Director of Private Partnerships, Jay Aldous. “This is a great example of how a Canadian company can make a real difference and save lives.”
The United Nations estimates that at least eight million people in 39 different districts of Nepal have been affected by the April 26 earthquake, or about one quarter of the country’s population.
The food assistance program will complement WFP’s other efforts in leading logistics and supplying emergency telecommunications services in the international humanitarian effort.
Since the earthquake hit, WFP has distributed rice and high-energy biscuits to nearly 1 million people and has positioned supplies to feed around 1.2 million people in the worst-affected areas.
As the world’s largest crop nutrient company, PotashCorp plays an integral role in global food production. The company produces the three essential nutrients required to help farmers grow healthier, more abundant crops. With global populations rising and diets improving in developing countries, crop nutrients such as potash, phosphates and nitrogen offer a responsible and practical solution to help produce the food we need, from the land we have.
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UN World Food Programme
Phone: (905) 818 2664