WFP signs pact with Islamic Relief

Dec. 2, 2006 at 1:46 AM

ROME, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The U.N. World Food Program has signed a cooperation agreement with Islamic Relief Worldwide.

"For many years, WFP has worked alongside Islamic Relief in crises as diverse as the Pakistan earthquake and the conflict in the Darfur region of western Sudan," said the agency's director, James Morris. "Strengthening our relationship in this way is the logical next step."

More than half of the 90 million people who benefit from WFP programs every year are in Muslim countries. Morris said a close relationship with Islamic Relief is vital to determining quickly how to deliver aid when there is a crisis.

The WFP has about 2,000 cooperation agreements with a wide range of organizations of different sizes.

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