New Zealand High Commission Pretoria, South Africa

New Zealand Contributes NZ$1 million to World Food Programme (WFP) for drought relief in Horn of Africa

New Zealand has contributed NZ$1 million to the World Food Programme’s response to drought in the Horn of Africa, a region which continues to suffer severely from acute drought. New Zealand has agreed to WFP's request for its 2011 contribution to the Horn of Africa to be used in support of an in-kind contribution from Brazil. Brazil is donating a considerable quantity of maize and beans in support of WFP work in Somalia The Brazilian contribution is valued at US$26 million and under this arrangement, funds from a range of donors would be used to cover transport, storage, handling and support costs of the Brazilian food donation.

The Horn of Africa is a major WFP priority. WFP aims to provide 17 million people with emergency food assistance in 2011. Needs are greatest in Ethiopia where 11.4 million people are scheduled to receive WFP help, but are also considerable in Kenya and Somalia. Very poor rains in the region in late 2010 have resulted in substantial crop failures and large animal losses. Widespread hunger has been accentuated by continued high food prices in markets, high prices for water and a slump in livestock prices. The consequences of the drought have been worsened by conflict in central and southern Somalia and by significant refugee flows – Kenya hosts the largest number of refugees in Africa.

WFP is an important multilateral partner of New Zealand. This contribution to acute humanitarian need represents a tangible sign of New Zealand's commitment to building relations with key East African partners.

 Rugby World Cup (RWC) and the World Food Programme

The WFP has been the humanitarian partner of the International Rugby Board (IRB) for seven years. The Tackle Hunger programme was a resounding success at RWC in 2003 and 2007, achieving its triple objectives of raising awareness of the WFP, drawing attention to the plight of the world's hungry and connecting the global rugby community with the programme.

As a result the IRB has extended its relationship with the WFP using the Tackle Hunger programme across the IRB's family of international tournaments at all levels of the game.

High-profile tournaments including the popular record-breaking IRB Sevens World Series, RWC Sevens, the IRB Junior World Championship, IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy and Women's Rugby World Cup have been used as platforms to continue to spread the Tackle Hunger message across the world. RWC2011 will continue the Tackle Hunger campaign.

To find out more about the WFP’s work, please visit


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