Ireland has provided €20 million in humanitarian assistance to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Agriculture Minister Michael Creed said yesterday.
He said the programme feeds 80 million of the most malnourished people in 80 countries.
It also plays a significant role in the UN’s global campaign for zero hunger, and is at the forefront of dealing with the migration crisis.
“This contribution will help save lives and support food security and nutrition and (re)build livelihoods in fragile settings.
“This support is particularly necessary in the context of the current refugee crisis, where large parts of our funding will be targeted,” he said.
Mr Creed also announced the provision of €100,000 in emergency funding for Ethiopian farmers, through the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
“These monies will fund urgent FAO work in distributing seeds to families in Ethiopia who have been experiencing one of the most severe droughts in 50 years due to climate change.
“Our contribution is part of the wider role my Department plays in initiatives on climate change and sustainable agriculture at both national and international level,” he said.
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