Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
455. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the annual budget allocation over the 2019 to 2021 period following the signing of a three-year strategic partnership agreement with the United Nations World Food Programme; if this is being funded exclusively by his Department; and, if not, if other Departments are providing funding. [53653/18]
On the 5th December, I signed a three year Strategic Partnership Agreement with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The Agreement was co-signed by David Beasley, Executive Director of the WFP, and Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon TD. This is the third such agreement, and pledges €70m in funding from my Department to the World Food Programme for the period 2019 – 2021. The allocation of this funding is subject to annual budget appropriations by Dáil Éireann.
In addition to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s core funding of WFP, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also provide funding to WFP for crisis programmes in specific countries and regions.