Famine: Humanitarian Aid

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 17th June 2022.

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Photo of Sarah Champion Sarah Champion Chair, International Development Committee, Chair, International Development Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to help those effected by hunger as a consequence of the war in Ukraine, including (a) humanitarian cash, (b) malnutrition prevention and response, and (c) climate-sensitive food security programmes.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Minister for Europe)

We are calling for all countries to keep food trade flowing. At the World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings, the UK and partners secured a commitment from the World Bank to provide $170 billion until the end of June 2023 to support countries facing economic hardship due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The UK also played a leading role in persuading the World Bank to commit $12 billion of new projects in the next 15 months to respond to the food security crisis. Over the next 3 years the UK will direct £3 billion of humanitarian assistance to prevent famine and alleviate suffering. With G7 allies, we are discussing Germany's proposal for a G7 Global Alliance on Food Security to scale up a rapid, needs-based response building on current food security architecture.

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