Contribution to the WFP Immediate Response Account (Food Assistance)

Contract partner: WFP - World Food Programme Country: Entwicklungsländer, unspezifisch Funding amount: € 6.000.000,00 Project start: 01.11.2023 End: 31.12.2023

Short Description:

Overall goal

The aim of this project is to strengthen the World Food Programmes emergency response by contributing to the Immediate Response Account (IRA) and providing timely, predictable and flexible funding for life-saving activities.

Expected results

The measures taken within the framework of the IRA aim at

- ending hunger and ensuring access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, to save, nutritious and sufficient food all year round

- ending all forms of malnutrition and addressing the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and breastfeeding women and older persons

- strengthening global partnerships

Target group / Beneficiaries

The Austrian contribution will ensure WFP has sufficient funds within the framework of the IRA to respond to immediate emergencies and people most in need.


Within the framework of the IRA, the following activities with a focus on people facing food insecurity according to Phases 4 and 5 of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC/CH) are implemented:

- In-kind food and cash-based assistance

- Preparedness activities as well as early and anticipatory action to ensure operational readiness for forecasted shocks/threats and specific, predictable and impending crises

- National emergency food and cash programmes

- Health emergencies


In 2023, up to 345 million people are estimated to be acutely food insecure or at high risk across 79 countries with WFP operational presence. This is an increase of almost 200 million people compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic. Hunger has also grown more deeply entrenched, an estimated 40.4 million people across 51 countries are in a state of emergency or levels of acute food insecurity (IPC/CH Phase 4 and above). In the context of the largest food and nutrition crisis in modern history, the IRA has an ever more crucial role as WFP’s immediate source of funds for life-saving assistance and activities.

project number 2809-00/2023
source of funding BMNT
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Sofortmaßnahmen
marker Poverty: 1, Disaster risk reduction: 1
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    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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