$500M Donation by Saudi Arabia Helps UN Meet Food Crisis Goal

$500M Donation by Saudi Arabia Helps UN Meet Food Crisis Goal

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food-program-bolivia.jpgSaudi Arabia has made a landmark offer to contribute $500 million to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) to help with efforts to combat the global food crisis. The WFP has now achieved its target of $755 million to deal with the recent surge in food and fuel costs.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “This contribution of an unprecedented size and generosity comes not a moment too soon, given the needs of millions of people dependent on food rations.”

Next month the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will host a major summit at its Rome headquarters to discuss how agriculture can be harnessed to produce enough food to meet the demands of the world’s growing population.

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