The World Food Programme (WFP) has signed an agreement with Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) for a flexible, multilateral contribution of US$10 million to support humanitarian operations addressing critical food security needs. This contribution comes as a result of pledges made by the State of Qatar during the 2018 Doha Forum to provide resources worth $500 million to support United Nations organizations.
The agreement highlights the importance of flexible contributions for WFP’s emergency response and protracted relief and recovery efforts, whenever and wherever needs are greatest. In addition, flexible funds give WFP the ability to kick start operations, and to provide urgently needed support to underfunded operations, especially during crises.
HE Khalifa Al-Kuwari, Director General of QFFD said: “Today, the world is facing the imminent threat of famine in many parts of the world and there are more than 800 million people suffering from chronic hunger. It is critical to support efforts to increase food security in communities to provide a decent and stable life for those most in need around the world. And this where the contribution of the World Food Programme comes in, to help us reach the people in need in an agile manner thanks to flexible funds such as these. This partnership will play a major role in reducing hunger and contributing to the second of the sustainable development goals, which is concerned with ending hunger.”
“On behalf of the United Nations World Food Programme, I would like to thank the Qatar Fund for Development for its timely and generous contribution to WFP’s Immediate Response Account. Flexible funding allows WFP to respond quickly and effectively to humanitarian emergencies, as soon as they occur, to get life-saving help where it is needed most. This kind of support is invaluable,” said WFP Executive Director David Beasley.
Through their growing partnership, WFP and QFFD have collaborated to address multiple humanitarian crises, addressing food insecurity and famine. Most recently the World Food Programme welcomed a contribution of US$90 million from QFFD to support critical food security needs in Yemen, where millions of people are in danger of slipping into famine due to conflict, economic decline and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.