Head of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) paid tribute to the generosity of Saudi Arabia in helping the agency fight hunger and meet the food needs of millions of people, the U.N. News Center reported Thursday.
“Our partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has helped save millions of lives worldwide across decades of collaboration,” said Ertharin Cousin, WFP’s Executive Director, as she wrapped up a two-day visit to the Kingdom.
Saudi Arabia has been extremely “generous” to WFP with a historic pledge of $500 million to feed millions of people affected by the food crisis that hit the world in 2008, Cousin added.
In her first visit to the Gulf region, Cousin met with Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, who also serves as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.
She expressed her gratitude and appreciation for King Abdullah, and for the generosity and the long-standing partnership between the country and WFP in fighting hunger around the world.
WFP honored King Abdullah in 2009 with its highest award by naming him ‘Champion in the Battle Against Hunger.’
Saudi Arabia contributes over 4,000 metric tons of dates to WFP annually, in addition to responding to emergency funding appeals in troubled spots around the world. The agency has received over $1 billion from the Kingdom to fight hunger since the early 1960s.
“We can always count on the generosity of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - the Kingdom of Humanity -- when we are struggling with resources to meet the immediate food needs of the hungry poor.”