Food: Prices

International Development written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Michael Moore Michael Moore Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the written statement of 22 April 2008, Official Report, column 100WS, on rising food prices (international impact), how much budgetary support has been advanced; to which countries; how much his Department has spent on additional payments to date; and which countries have received such payments.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander The Secretary of State for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) has made no advance budget support payments in support of the food crisis this year, since those countries most affected by the crisis are not currently budget support recipients. We will continue to review the need to use advance budget support payments to manage the impact of high food and fuel prices on developing countries.

Since 1 January this year, DFID has given £331.2 million of budget support to eight countries in Africa and south Asia, shown in the following table. Further budget support is likely to be made this financial year. The level of funding reflects the additional burden being placed on these countries as a result of higher food and fuel prices, and will help their governments to respond flexibly to evolving needs.

£ million
PRBS disbursed since 1 January 2008
Ethiopia 50.4
Ghana 53.8
Malawi 11.3
Mozambique 49.2
Rwanda 33
Sierra Leone 10
Tanzania 103.5
Pakistan 20

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