South Korea commits $20 million to ending world hunger

Agreement with UN World Food Programme marks South Korea’s transition from recipient to donor

By DTE Staff
Published: Tuesday 17 February 2015


Republic of Korea (ROK) has signed the Partnership Framework Agreement with the UN World Food Programme (WFP), confirming its commitment to achieving zero hunger. The country pledged $20 million to WFP’s food security projects to be carried out over the next five years.

 “This is a historic event for ROK, transforming from a recipient to a donor. ROK wants to combine its experience with WFP’s expertise to make a real impact on WFP’s vision of Zero Hunger," said Young Ju Oh, director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of ROK.

In 1968, ROK was a major recipient of WFP aid. In 2014, the country’s contributions to WFP’s global operations had amounted to $31 million. It has also become a member of WFP’s Executive Board for the year 2015.

“I am very excited to sign this important agreement which will further strengthen the WFP-ROK partnership and increase cooperation. Korean experience and knowledge will be very important for food security,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin.

More than 800 million people in the world still do not have access to safe, sufficient and nutritious food. With funding from governments, corporations and individuals, WFP delivers food assistance in countries around the world.


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