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Ireland to increase its contribution to the UN’s World Food Programme by 40%

Charlie McConalogue

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D, today announced a funding commitment of €105m to the World Food Programme (WFP) from Ireland for the period 2025 to 2027. The funding pledge is a 40% increase on the funding made under the previous three-year period and will directly fund the WFP’s humanitarian work globally. The funding will be provided by the Minister’s Department which is the lead Department in Ireland for engagement with the WFP. The Minister made the announcement from Kenya where he is currently leading an international development mission to the Horn of Africa in collaboration with our Department of Foreign Affairs and WFP.

Speaking from Kenya, Minister McConalogue said, “I am very pleased to announce an increase of 40% in the funding that Ireland will contribute under a new Strategic Partnership Agreement with the World Food Programme for the next three years. This represents our highest-ever contribution and confirms Ireland’s commitment to fighting world hunger, in conjunction with WFP.”
“Yesterday, I had the humbling privilege of speaking with some of the 200,000 refugees in the UN refugee camp in Kakuma and Kalobeyei, northwestern Kenya. Due to WFP funding shortages, these camps are receiving a reduced ration, amounting to less than the minimum recommended food basket.”

“I am grateful to the people and Government of Ireland for significantly increasing their funding to WFP for the next three years. Their steadfast support and recognition of the critical role WFP plays in alleviating global hunger demonstrates Ireland’s firm commitment to assisting the world’s most vulnerable people”, added WFP Executive Director Cindy McCain.


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