Washington, DC – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has received a $1 million contribution from long-time philanthropist Howard Buffett to help meet the most urgent hunger needs in the conflict-torn country Central African Republic (C.A.R.).
Buffett has made this generous donation in the form of matching funds, helping WFP stretch individual donations to C.A.R. even further. The matching donation is a cornerstone of WFP’s ongoing “C.A.R. Can’t Wait” campaign, which calls for quick global action to avoid greater catastrophe in a country beset by violence, rapidly deteriorating infrastructure and a critical shortage of food.
Buffett, a passionate advocate for improving the lives of vulnerable people in the developing world, has been a WFP Ambassador Against Hunger for several years, traveling the world to help bring attention and resources to bear on food insecurity and malnutrition around the globe. An authoritative voice on these issues, he used the publication of his most recent book – Forty Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World – as a platform for drawing further attention to global food insecurity.
The severity of the crisis in C.A.R. is jeopardizing the humanitarian community’s ability to respond with limited resources. WFP provided food assistance to approximately 215,000 people in C.A.R. in April alone. To continue providing food through the end of August, WFP faces a $40 million shortfall. The agency relies entirely on voluntary contributions. Interested donors can help by visiting www.wfp.org/car
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WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. On average, WFP reaches more than 90 million people with food assistance in 80 countries each year.