WFP and Germany
WFP is the food aid programme of the United Nations and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It was founded in 1961 following a parallel decision by the UN General Assembly and the FAO Conference and took up its work in 1963.
Its focus lies on two areas:
- Emergency food relief for refugees and victims of crises and calamities (Emergency and Protracted Relief and Recovery Operations)
- Food aid supporting the economic and social development in developing countries (development aid)
One of the prominent characteristics of WFP is its ability to quickly and professionally gather, deliver and distribute great quantities of food under the most difficult circumstances and conditions.
In addition to that, WFP performs logistics and food aid coordination.
- With almost 4 billion US$ of pledges in 2012, WFP became the largest humanitarian and development aid organization in the world and constitutes, together with the UNHCR, the most important UN organization in the field of humanitarian aid and emergency relief.
WFP is exclusively financed by voluntarily contributions of its members.
Including the German share of EU contributions to the WFP, Germany’s 2012 contribution amounted to 150 million US$, making it the sixth biggest donor.