Originally Posted by KAding
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the food aid branch of the United Nations. WFP operations are funded by donations from world governments, corporations and private donors. In 2008 the Programme received over $5 billion in contributions. All donations are completely voluntary.
Donor contributions for 2008 see . . . . http://www.wfp.org/node/7359
Top 10 donors
1 USA 2,076,430,362
2 Saudi Arabia 503,752,713
3 European Commission 355,434,578
4 Canada 275,392,315
5 UN CERF Common Funds and Agencies 217,578,609
6 Japan 177,898,745
7 United Kingdom 168,960,902
8 Private Donors 144,745,059
9 Netherlands 117,435,477
10 Spain 116,943,829
Amazing fact 1. Some of the donor countries are also recipients of aid.
Amazing fact 2. Out of a list of 98 donors only 11 are Muslim countries, who in total contributed just 11% (if you take out Saudi that drops to 1%) of the total and of those 11 countries many of them received more in aid that they donated.
Amazing fact 3. Some Muslim countries (e.g. Iran) who have received aid have not made any contribution
Amazing fact 4. Although the USA is by far the largest donor they still give through their own US aid programme and in the case of Somalia, I saw as many US aid bags of food as I saw WFP bags.
I'd like to add that I am impressed by the contribution from Saudi Arabia.