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Cablegate: Canada Responds to World Food Program Emergency

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SUBJECT: CANADA RESPONDS TO WORLD FOOD PROGRAM EMERGENCY
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1. Summary: In response to an urgent appeal from the United
Nations' World Food Program (WFP), Canada announced that it
is allocating C$230 million in food aid programming, C$50
million more than last year. The package includes C$10
million in food aid for Haiti. Canada is also fully untying
restrictions on food aid on where food can be purchased. The
contribution won praise from the WFP. End summary.

2. On April 30, Minister of International Cooperation Oda
announced that Canada will give C$230 million in support of
food aid programming for 2008-2009, a C$50 million increase
over last year. This represents a 28% increase in Canada's
food aid. Canada has been the second largest donor to the
WFP so far this year. Oda said that "Canada is responding to
the terrible impact that rising food prices are having on the
world's most vulnerable people."

3. Through the Canadian International Development Agency
(CIDA), Canada provides food aid primarily through the WFP
and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB), Canada's primary
non-governmental food aid partner which helps provide
development assistance and food aid (cash, grain, other
agricultural commodities) to people in need on behalf of 15
Canadian church-based agencies. Canada's food aid commitment
for 2008-2009 will be distributed during the year on specific
needs assessments made by the WFP and the CFGB. The C$230
million contribution includes C$5 million to the CFGB for
purchasing and distributing food to help those most in
greatest need around the world. In response to the current
acute food shortage in Haiti, the package also contains a
special C$10 million contribution to that country through the
WFP that will provide food for over 350,000 Haitians,
primarily pregnant women and children under five years old.

4. In addition, Canada is maximizing the effectiveness of
its contribution by untying restrictions on food aid. This
will provide the WFP and the CFGB with flexibility to procure
food commodities from all countries - especially developing
countries. By removing such restrictions, Canada will
promote the growth of local and regional markets in
developing countries. "This generous contribution by Canada
will help protect millions of children from severe
malnutrition and hunger," said WFP Executive Director Josette
Sheeran.

Visit Canada,s Economy and Environment Forum at
http://www.intelink.gov/communities/state/can ada

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