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Thursday, 05 March 2015

World Food Programme-EU: ‘more flexible’ aid

Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) met with EU officials from the European Commission and the European Parliament to appeal for more funds to fight hunger in the world. She particularly appealed for more flexibility in the use of funding. The WFP is a voluntarily funded organization; it raised $5.6 billion last year. 95% of the money is targeted by donors to particular crises, but some the action is severely underfunded . Cousin said that WPF has been “knocking on the door” of philanthropic organisations, but is interested in obtaining more private money. Cousins underlined that private funding often offered more flexibility e.g. Belgian government. WFP works in South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

Source: euractiv.com