In a statement released Thursday, Martin Frick, head of WFP's offices in Berlin and Brussels, said:
Germany is a driving force in the international fight against hunger.
Germany's role is evident not only in its support of WFP programmes around the world, he said, but also through initiatives “that have established hunger as a security issue.”
The year 2022 showed “how closely food security, energy security, conflict and the climate crisis are intertwined,” Frick continued.
Hunger is both a symptom and a cause, and it is a lever that we must tackle if we want to break out of this crisis spiral.
For example, WFP provided urgent nutritional assistance to people from Ukraine at home or in neighboring countries.
German contributions also enabled the WFP to transport and distribute Ukrainian grain after exports from Black Sea ports resumed.
Other grants have benefited people in East Africa, the Sahel, Yemen, Afghanistan and Pakistan, among other places.
The Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) are the WFP's two major partners in Germany.
However, WFP 2022 has also worked more closely with the Ministry of Agriculture (BMEL).
In 2021, German contributions to the United Nations programme had amounted to 1.2 billion euros.
According to WFP, the climate crisis, skyrocketing food costs, conflict and the impact of Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine have pushed the number of acutely hungry people to 349 million.
Germany is the second-largest donor to the UN World Food Program after the United States.
(source: WFP press release)