WFP purchases record amount of food from developing countries

The World Food Programme (WFP) says it bought a record amount of food commodities from developing countries in 2010.

WFP purchased $1.25 billion in food commodities from 96 countries including Ethiopia, Viet Nam and Guatemala.

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The food helped people affected by flooding in Pakistan, the earthquake in Haiti and the drought in the Sahel region of Africa.

WFP spokesperson Emilia Casella says the agency has a policy of buying food produced in or near the country it is helping to save money, time and boost the local economy.

“WFP has purchased a record amount of food in 2010, 3.2 million metric tonnes of food. The year before we purchased 2.6 million metric tonnes of food. So it’s quite a large amount and it’s also worth noting that in the vast majority of cases more than 80 per cent of that food was purchased in developing countries.”

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