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Netherlands commits Euro 82 million to food emergencies

The Government of the Netherlands has made its first-ever multi-year donation to WFP, committing Euro 27.2 million each year from 2007 until 2009.

The Government of the Netherlands has made its first-ever multi-year donation to WFP, committing Euro 27.2 million each year from 2007 until 2009.

The Government of the Netherlands has made its first-ever multi-year donation to WFP, committing Euro 27.2 million each year from 2007 until 2009.

We are tremendously grateful for the Netherlands’ generous concern for people affected by humanitarian crises

John M. Powell, WFP’s Deputy Executive Director

“More than 80 percent of WFP’s work addresses the needs of people in emergencies and relief situations,” said John M. Powell, WFP’s Deputy Executive Director for Fundraising and Communications.

“The Netherlands’ multi-year, multilateral cash donation gives us maximum flexibility and predictability, which are crucial if we are to save lives and deliver food as efficiently as possible.”

Grateful

“We are tremendously grateful for the Netherlands’ generous concern for people affected by humanitarian crises and for the confidence they have shown in WFP’s ability to deliver life-saving aid,” Powell added.

This latest donation builds on the Netherlands’ historic role as a major donor to WFP. Since 2002, it has given to WFP a total of Euro 371 million and has always been among the top 10 donors to the agency.

In 2007 to date, it has donated nearly Euro 41 million, Euro 27.2 million of which was given with the flexibility for WFP to allocate to the most urgent and under-funded projects.

Donors

The remainder – some Euro 13.5 million – was directed by the Netherlands to relief operations in Afghanistan, Chad, Colombia, Nepal, Somalia, Southern Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and West Africa.

As one of the major donors to common funding schemes managed by the United Nations, the Netherlands has also indirectly assisted some of WFP’s most critical operations through the Central Emergency Response Fund, the Sudan Multi-Donor Trust Fund, the Common Humanitarian Fund for Sudan and for the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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