The European Union provides food aid through international agreements, mainly through the World Food Programme (WFP). In 2004, Poland contributed USD 200 thousand to the WFP. In 2006, the Polish financial contribution to the fight against hunger reached a record level of PLN 3.7 million (USD 1.2 million). On 27 November 2006, the World Food Programme (WFP) informed about the Polish transfer of the largest single donation to date for the operations implemented by the WFP in Afghanistan, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia and Tanzania.
In 2007, Poland made contributions to the WFP of approximately USD 755 thousand. In 2008, the amount was increased to USD 1,164 million (payments of the MFA and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for Afghanistan - food for work, food for training, food for education programmes).
In 2008, the global food crisis triggered by rising food, fuel and energy prices significantly worsened the situation of least developed countries. During the FAO Conference in Rome on world food security, the representative of UNCTAD expressed a concern that "the food crisis is a crisis of the development policy".
In subsequent years, Polish contributions to the WFP amounted to: in 2009 - about USD 535 thousand, in 2010 - about USD 691 thousand. In 2010 Poland also contributed to United Nations World Food Program operations in Afghanistan.
Furthermore, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development contributed to the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) the amount of PLN 5.9 million in 2008, and PLN 4.28 million PLN in 2009.
In 2006, our country ratified the Food Aid Convention. We also support the EU position, which seeks to abandon food aid in kind in favour of food aid in cash.
Poland - in addition to external food aid of a humanitarian nature, undertaken mainly in the so-called emergency situations requiring immediate intervention - will increasingly become involved in the provision of development food aid. This means taking action that will create incentives for households to produce food locally ("Food for schools" and "Food for households" programmes implemented through the WFP).