Peter Power, Irish Minister of State for Overseas Development, said that the â‚¬4.4 million funding is a â€œcentral componentâ€ of Irish Aidâ€™s response to the global food crisis. â€œMore than 850 million people across the world today are hungry, while high food prices risk pushing 100 million additional people over the edge into hunger and poverty. Top quality agricultural research plays a crucial role in improving the performance and sustainability of agriculture. It will also help the poorest and most vulnerable farmers cope with the effects of climate change.â€
IITA will receive â‚¬640,000 in funding. Other research centers selected include Biodiversity International, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and the World Potato Centre (CIP). Ireland has provided more than â‚¬20 million to support the UNâ€™s World Food Programme (WFP) this year, which includes â‚¬3 million to help mitigate the effects of price rises on the WFPâ€™s existing food relief programs.