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Minister Creed pledges €70m to United Nations World Food Programme under three-year strategic Partnership

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD today signed a three year Strategic Partnership Agreement with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), pledging €70m in funding to the World Food Programme (WFP) for the period 2019 – 2021.

Minister Creed commented, “I am very pleased to sign a new Strategic Partnership Agreement with the World Food Programme that will see Ireland's contribution to WFP increase to at least €70m over the next three years, an increase of 16% over the last partnership agreement. This confirms Ireland's commitment to fighting world hunger, in conjunction with WFP”.

The Strategic Partnership Agreement was co-signed by David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme, and Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon TD.

Minister Creed concluded, “Ireland, represented by my Department, has a seat on the Executive Board of WFP until the end of 2019, and I am very pleased to welcome the WFP Executive Director David Beasley to Ireland for the signing of this important agreement. Ireland greatly appreciates the work of the World Food Programme in contributing to the Sustainable Development Goal of zero hunger”.

“Today, Ireland stepped up and demonstrated the kind of leadership that makes a true difference. The government and the people of Ireland are truly saving lives and changing lives by this generous contribution, which will enable WFP to help those who need it the most. We at WFP are grateful for the support and partnership we have with Ireland”, said WFP Executive David Beasley.

Minister Cannon stated I welcome this new multi-year agreement with the World Food Programme. The Global Ireland strategy committed the Government to delivering the UN target for ODA spend of 0.7% by 2030. We are also nearing completion of a new international development policy, which will set out our key priorities and areas of focus for the years to come. A key element of this policy will be continuing to prioritise the fight against hunger. It is therefore fitting that today we launch Ireland’s new partnership with WFP, which is a global leader in this area, assisting millions of vulnerable individuals in some of the most challenging contexts worldwide.”

Added 05.12.18 

David Beasley, Executive Director of WFP, Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Ciarán Cannon T.D. Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development

Note to Editors

UN World Food Programme

WFP is a United Nations World Food Programme - saving lives in emergencies and changing lives for millions through sustainable development. WFP works in more than 80 countries around the world, feeding people caught in conflict and disasters, and laying the foundations for a better future. WFP is funded exclusively from voluntary contributions.

Sustainable Development Goal 2, Zero Hunger, pledges to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture, and is the priority of the World Food Programme. 821 million people, one in nine, still go to bed on an empty stomach each night. Even more, one in three, suffer from some form of malnutrition.

Overseas Development Aid

DAFM’s contribution to WFP is counted as part of Ireland’s total Overseas Development Assistance provision of around €700 million for 2018. This is the third such three-year agreement Ireland has signed with the WFP. An advance payment of €15m in respect of 2019 commitments will be made to the World Food Programme by DAFM in the coming weeks.

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Date Released: 05 December 2018