Horn of Africa: Food Aid

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

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Photo of Chris Law Chris Law Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if the Government will commit new emergency funding to help mitigate the risks from hunger and malnutrition in the Horn of Africa over summer 2022.

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK is a major humanitarian donor to the East Africa region. In 2022 we have provided £72 million to support more than one million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan affected by conflict, drought and flooding.

The UK played a critical role in convening the recent UN Horn of Africa Drought Roundtable which took place in late April in Geneva. This included working with states in the region and the UN to ensure appropriate levels of participation. It helped to bring much needed focus on the drought and it mobilised roughly US $400 million in new funding.

I have written to World Bank President Malpass this week urging further action on food security in the Horn of Africa.

We continue to monitor the situation and our response closely.

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