Funding for Int'l Food Assistance Not Sufficient to Meet Needs: World Food Assistance 2017 Report Featured

26 Jul 2017
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Addis Ababa July 26/2017 Though funding for international food assistance is at record level, it is not enough to meet needs, according to World Food Assistance 2017 Report.  

World Food Assistance 2017 Report under the theme “Taking Stock and Looking Ahead” was launched today by the African Union and the World Food Program.

The report said international food assistance expenditure has grown, citing WFP whose food disbursement expenditure has grown from 2.2 billion USD to 5.3 billion USD between 2009 and 2016.

Between 2013 and 2016, donor contributions to WFP averaged 5.11 billion USD each year, a record level of 5.89 billion USD in 2016, it added.

According to the report, the food security sector accounts for 40 percent of international humanitarian assistance expenditures.

Two regions facing huge and complex food emergencies include East and Central Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, accounting for 70 percent of food assistance expenditures.

An estimated 20 million people are facing starvation in 2017 and several million more suffering from extreme food insecurity as the result of conflict, climate change, among other disruptions, the report revealed.

It stressed that the need for effective food assistance is stronger than at any time in recent human history.

Deputy Director Policy Program Division at WFP and presenter of the report, Steven Were Omamo “confront the political drivers of vulnerability and hunger in order to enhance humanitarian access, promote stability, reduce cost, and enhance the effectiveness of food assistance.”

The report recommended the strengthening of national capacity and south-south cooperation, including strong involvement of private sector, play pivotal role in ensuring food assistance.

National Disaster Risk Commission Supply and Logistics Director, Ayderus Hassen said the report is crucial as it considers measures pursed by national, regional and international actors to respond to, prevent for and prevent food crises.

Speaking about the efforts being exerted by the government, the Director said in Ethiopia many innovative food assistance efforts are taking place, particularly around disaster risk reduction, taking on this task of strengthening livelihoods and building reliance to prevent crisis. 

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