Famine in East Africa: Bayer provides immediate aid
EUR 100,000 donated to the U.N. World Food Programme
Leverkusen, August 8, 2011 – In light of the catastrophic drought in East Africa, Bayer has provided immediate aid in the form of a EUR 100,000 donation to the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP).
The UN World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency and needs to provide food assistance to more than eleven million people in East Africa. Through airlifts to Mogadishu WFP is delivering special food for undernourished children in the region. Approximatly 500,000 refugees in reception camps in Kenya are also being supported by the WFP. A further key element of the aid program is the distribution of food coupons to support the local economy and give people more flexibility in acquiring foodstuffs.
Bayer's donation is being handled by its Kenya-based subsidiary Bayer East Africa. Alongside these immediate measures, Bayer is currently sounding out other projects that could make a long-term contribution in the region.