Ireland is to donate €60m to the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) over the next three years.
This commitment makes Ireland one of the largest per capita donors to the WFP, which feeds 80 million of the most malnourished people in 75 countries, and also plays a significant role in the UN’s global campaign for zero hunger.
Food Minister Simon Coveney said: “The spotlight is on the acute refugee crisis we are seeing day after day in Europe and this demands a response.
“We cannot ignore the awful spectre of masses of ordinary people fleeing their homelands in search of safety and a better life for their loved ones.
“We are privileged in Europe and that privilege carries a responsibility to care for those that are less fortunate than we are.
“Funding commitments to WFP will not solve the current crisis but they will provide the WFP will the practical means to deliver emergency assistance to the most needy and fragile and to ensure that life-saving supplies of food and nutrition are available at short notice.”
Mr Coveney made the pledge at an event he is co-hosting in Milan with the Italian minister for agriculture, Maurizio Martina, to promote the work of the WFP.