The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Beijing Government have boosted their partnership, which aimed at helping China and the world to address hunger. “While the world has changed since WFP and China first began to collaborate almost 30 years ago, our goals remain: poverty reduction and the eradication of hunger,” said John Powell, WFP Deputy utive Director.
Given, China’s knowledge, personnel, experience, and resources, there is ample opportunity for China to improve the lives of even more people and countries. WFP concluded its traditional, large-scale food assistance programmes to China at the end of 2005 in recognition of the country’s rapid progress in achieving food security. New projects include efforts to increase the participation of Chinese suppliers in WFP’s international tenders for food, goods and services aiming to save costs by procuring more goods directly in China, cutting out traders and import fees. There will be efforts of maintaining the high standards of quality food traded from China. Since 2000 the Chinese Government has committed nearly US$ 13.5 million for WFP’s work elsewhere in the world, the bulk of the funding going to Africa.