U.S. Government Provides $10 Million in Humanitarian Assistance to WFP Libyan Crisis Operations

In response to the Libyan crisis, the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP), has donated $10 million to support World Food Programme (WFP) emergency food operations. This contribution, which represents more than a quarter of the $39.2 million requested for the WFP’s component of the UN Regional Flash Appeal for the Libyan Crisis, includes a combination of cash for local procurement and in-kind deliveries of food.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, Ertharin Cousin, welcomed the announcement of this contribution saying, “This donation of cash and in-kind commodities will help WFP respond to the immediate food requirements of those who have fled Libya into Tunisia and Egypt, assist in creating humanitarian conditions for these vulnerable populations and help alleviate the economic impact of the crisis.”

In total, the U.S. Government has contributed $47 million to international and non-governmental organizations, including the International Organization for Migration, the United Nations Refugee Agency, and the International Committee of the Red Cross – to meet humanitarian needs since the start of this crisis.  In addition, the U.S. Government has deployed humanitarian assistance teams to Egypt and Tunisia to work with host governments and other partners to address urgent needs.