Tanzania: World Food Programme

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 10th March 2020.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Tanzanian counterparts on the recent comments made by President Magufuli that We must take advantage of their problems. They fight at home and we get the money, when referencing having won a contract to deliver maize to the UN World Food Program to feed refugees and displaced persons as a result of conflicts in areas neighbouring Tanzania.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

We of course do not agree that the displacement of people is something to be taken advantage of. We do support benefit to communities through local procurement by World Food Programme and other humanitarian organisations whenever possible. Despite the comments made by President Magufuli in January 2019, we recognise the significant efforts made by Tanzania to host refugees from neighbouring countries.

The UK maintains a regular and ongoing dialogue with the Government of Tanzania on refugee issues. The High Commissioner raised conditions in refugee camps when she spoke to the President in the margins of an event on 21 January.

DFID continues to provide support to approximately 240,000 refugees in camps in Kigoma. Since 2015 DFID has provided £52 million to ensure access to food, water, shelter, education and protection as well assisting communities in areas hosting refugees. We do not channel any of our humanitarian relief through the government of Tanzania.

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