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State signs €21m deal with World Food Programme

THE Government has signed a €21m, three-year strategic partnership agreement with the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the world's largest humanitarian agency.

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney and Junior Trade Minister Joe Costello signed the agreement yesterday alongside the WFP's executive director Ertharin Cousin during the Hunger-Nutrition-Climate Justice conference at Dublin Castle.

Commenting on the agreement between the Government and the WFP, which feeds 90 million people in more than 70 countries every year, Mr Coveney said: "Given our history, hunger and famine are issues which resonate strongly with Irish people and I am proud that notwithstanding the recent downturn in our economy, we have been able to maintain our core contribution to the WFP at the same level in recent years."

Irish Independent