EU donates millions to World Food Programme

The World Food Programme in Rome

 ROME – The European Union has donated 3 million euros to the World Food Programme.

 This “will strengthen global efforts to eradicate hunger and malnutrition by supporting the Committee on World Food Security” said the World Food Programme (WFP) in a press release.

 The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is as international, intergovernmental platform which provides recommendations on food security and nutrition.

 It is supported by the three UN agencies of Rome: WFP, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

 “We thank the EU for its outspoken role in helping us move towards a Zero Hunger world. This grant will help ensure that fighting malnutrition will remain high on the global political agenda,” said Amir Abdulla, WFP’s Deputy Executive Director.

 Worldwide, 821 million people face hunger and 2 billion people do not have regular access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food.

 The CFS will lead the development of Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition, which are intended to help governments and institutions tackle the key causes of all forms of malnutrition.

 “By contributing to the CFS, the EU strengthens a science-based policy dialogue on food security and nutrition among all relevant global and local actors,” said the WFP.

 “This contract will intensify the cooperation between the three Rome-based agencies, as well as their collaboration with the EU. I look forward to effective joint work and clear results,” said Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development.