Denmark's contribution to the world food programme: a success story uri icon

abstract

  • The Danish government has achieved a six-fold increase in the number of people who could be fed with Danish development food aid from 1990 to 1997, at a reduced total cost. A change in the composition of the Danish food basket from high-value commodities of animal origin toward basic vegetable commodities produced this dramatic increase in the cost effectiveness of Denmark's regular contribution to the World Food Programme. The decision to change the food basket was strongly opposed by the very well organized Danish meat and dairy industries and their interest organizations. Notwithstanding the substantial opposition from these organizations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintained its commitment to phase animal commodities out of the Danish food basket. The World Food Programme was very supportive of Denmark's initiative to promote a more flexible approach to the determination of donor food baskets. The outstanding partnership between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the World Food Programme has been instrumental in the successful implementation of the new Danish food aid policy. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

publication date

  • 1999
  • 1999