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U.S. Contributions to World Food Program Greater Than All Other Countries Combined

The U.S. contributed $930 million to the World Food Program in 2002, four times greater than the next largest donor, and 51 percent of total contributions to rid the world of famine.

  • The U.S. has accelerated its funding to the World Food Program in 2003, contributing $754 million in the first five months alone, in response to urgent needs in Africa, Afghanistan, Iraq, and North Korea.

In 2003, the U.S. has committed $1.4 billion in global emergency food assistance, including $850 million to Africa to combat famine.

For 2004, President Bush proposed a new, flexible $200 million Famine Fund to meet dire emergency needs on a case-by-case basis.

The U.S. continues to be the world leader in supporting agriculture development programs crucial to increasing productivity and breaking the famine cycle through bi-lateral assistance programs, providing $493 million in 2003, of which $164 million is for Africa.

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