Developing Countries: Food

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th March 2013.

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Photo of Lord Teverson Lord Teverson Chair, EU Sub Committee C - External Affairs

To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to focusing their aid programmes on the transportation and storage of food in developing countries, and on waste minimisation along the supply chain.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

The Department for International Development (DfID) supports several programmes for the transportation and storage of food in developing countries. For example, DfID supports work at the CGIAR international agricultural research system, on post-harvest storage to help African and South Asian farmers to protect their crops and incomes. DfID also supports the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund which backs innovative agri-business ideas along the whole agricultural value chain.

Under the AgResults programme-launched by the PM and G20 leaders in June 2012-a pilot project works with farmers in Kenya to improve crop storage.

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