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January 15, 2010

Ambassador Cousin Announces U.S. Assistance of $30 Million toward WFP Haiti Relief Efforts, January 15, 2010

(WFP Haiti Relief Efforts)

Announcement

ROME – Ambassador Ertharin Cousin announced at a briefing today on Haiti relief efforts at the World Food Program (WFP) headquarters in Rome that the United States will contribute an additional $30 million toward WFP’s emergency appeal for Haiti relief operations.

BACKGROUND:

  • The United States is the largest donor of food assistance to Haiti, providing $63.7 million in 2009 to both WFP and Private Voluntary Organizations.
  • Earlier this year, the United States provided $10 million for WFP’s Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation in Haiti.
  • In anticipation of WFP’s emergency appeal for Haiti relief operations, the United States pledged $18 million and arranged for the immediate shipment of food to Haiti. The first shipment will arrive in the coming weeks.
  • Due to the immediate need for food, and shortages of water and cooking fuel, the United States is providing 600,000 Humanitarian Daily Rations which are starting to arrive today. This special type of food commodity, which plays a critical role in WFP’s appeal, serves a single person’s full daily food requirement.
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