Denmark earmarks millions for fight against global hunger

630 million kroner headed to the WFP for the period of 2017-2019.

Denmark has signed a new agreement with the World Food Programme (WFP) to continue to support the battle against global hunger with 630 million kroner during the period of 2017-2019.

The deal was signed at the UN World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul when the foreign minister, Kristian Jensen, met yesterday with Ertharin Cousin, the head of WFP.

“Through this agreement with WFP, we will support some of the world’s hungriest and most vulnerable people: women, children, the elderly, refugees, the internally displaced and others caught up in conflict and crisis,” said Jensen.

“We need to find new ways of helping. We cannot continue giving short-term humanitarian aid to people on the run when they need long-term solutions. We also need to ensure that refugees and the internally displaced are better able to take care of themselves so as to ease the often considerable pressure on host communities.”

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The WFP fights a daily struggle in its bid to feed some 80 million people in 80 nations around the world.

According to WFP, Denmark is often among the first donors to contribute multilateral funds which are not set aside for operations in specific nations and it is among the top five providers of these flexible funds to WFP.