AGCO Agriculture Foundation Donates $100,000 to WFP USA for WFP COVID-19 Emergency Response

Special Interests:Coronavirus
May 21, 2020
Photo: WFP/Alexis Masciarelli

WASHINGTON, DC (May 21, 2020) – World Food Program USA (WFP USA) announced the AGCO Agriculture Foundation (AAF) has launched its COVID-19 Aid Program with a $100,000 grant that will match donations made at www.wfpusa.org/aaf-match in support of the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) COVID-19 emergency response efforts.

The AGCO Agriculture Foundation is a private foundation focused on preventing and relieving hunger. The foundation initiates impactful programs that support food security, foster sustainable agricultural development, and build needed agricultural infrastructure in marginalized farming communities.

“We are grateful to AGCO Agriculture Foundation for their generous donation and support to raise much needed funding for WFP’s COVID-19 response efforts,” said Barron Segar, World Food Program USA President and CEO. “WFP serves as the logistics and transportation backbone to the humanitarian community and AAF’s contribution is critical to ensuring WFP can get lifesaving food and supplies to millions of the most vulnerable people.”

As the world copes with a deadly health pandemic and an anticipated rise in severe hunger, the AAF’s support for COVID-19 response comes at a critical time. AAF’s contribution will support WFP’s frontline logistics response, which includes delivering food and medical supplies to vulnerable communities in Africa and Latin America.

“The urgency of hunger worldwide has become even more critical with the addition of the coronavirus, and we are directing our global support to the World Food Program USA in support of WFP’s COVID-19 relief efforts. Our funding will help monitor the impact of the pandemic, pre-position food and medical supplies in vulnerable communities in Africa and Latin America, as well as lend support to newly established supply chain coordination cells on the ground,” said Lucinda Smith, Board Chairman, AGCO Agriculture Foundation.

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About WFP USA
World Food Program USA (WFP USA) is the recognized leader in America’s pursuit to end global hunger, inspiring citizens to do everything in their power to create a zero-hunger world. WFP USA works with U.S. policymakers, corporations, foundations and individuals to generate financial and in-kind resources for the United Nations World Food Programme to feed families in need around the world and to develop policies necessary to alleviate global hunger. To learn more about WFP USA’s mission, please visit us at www.wfpusa.org.

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