Germany's support for the World Food Programme's (WFP) humanitarian aid in Syria and its neighboring countries were the focus of the meeting between Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and the WFP's Executive Director, David Beasley, on Wednesday (Oct. 10th) in Berlin.
Following the meeting, Maas said:
The World Food Programme is a key partner of Germany in the fight against hunger around the world. Germany has now contributed an additional € 186 million to the World Food Programme to help those affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria and neighboring countries, especially during the upcoming winter months.
The Foreign Minister also announced that Germany, during its membership in the United Nations Security Council, will work with France to protect humanitarian aid, humanitarian access and compliance with international humanitarian law.
Germany's Efforts for WFP
The Federal Foreign Office supports WFP programs in the context of humanitarian aid worldwide. German support focuses on food aid in crisis regions. Germany supported the WFP last year with a record-breaking 830 million euros, including 596 million euros for the humanitarian work of the WFP. The WFP was by far the largest recipient of German humanitarian funds, and Germany became the second largest bilateral supporter of the WFP. The consequences of the Syrian crisis are a focus of German humanitarian aid. With the total of 286 million euros provided by the Foreign Office this year, the WFP will support the needy within Syria and in neighboring countries.
Dynamic Support and Cooperation
In addition to food aid, Germany also supports WFP's humanitarian logistics services, such as the humanitarian air service UNHAS, which brings aid workers even to the most remote areas where humanitarian crises unfold. It also funds innovative WFP measures in humanitarian disaster risk reduction, as well as the Munich-based WFP Innovation Center, together with the BMZ and the Free State of Bavaria.
Apart from Syria and its neighbors, Germany's support for WFP is focused on Yemen and the states in the Horn of Africa.