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BRUSSELS/ROME: January 09, 2017. The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) says Belgium donated over €28 million to WFP projects in eight countries last year.

As the third largest donor to WFP's Immediate Response Account, and the second largest donor since 2010, Belgium says it continues to help the agency respond to disasters, wherever and whenever.

UNHASDuring the year the country also contributed €500,000 to a pilot project to develop and use a drone-based coordination model for humanitarian emergencies; supported WFP's Mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (mVAM) system to carry out assessments in real-time in conflict zones; and gave nearly €6 million to the WFP-managed U.N. Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS).

"WFP and Belgium nourish a fruitful partnership with WFP ranking this year as our second humanitarian partner in terms of funding," said Alexander De Croo, Belgium's deputy prime minister. "The humanitarian community needs more than ever an organization such as WFP and Belgium is ready to continue contributing to WFP's excellent humanitarian work in the field of food assistance, logistics, and innovation," he added.

The country's support last year helped the WFP respond to crises in Afghanistan, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon, Mali, Niger, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and South Sudan.

"The government of Belgium is a valued partner for WFP," said Krystyna Bednarska, director of the WFP's Brussels office. "In yet another year of unprecedented needs, Belgium has answered the call to ensure the humanitarian community can reach those left furthest behind first, supporting innovative approaches and coordinated responses," she noted.

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