Tigray: World Food Programme

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 20 July 2023.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the United Nations about allegations of corruption in respect of UN World Food Programme resources for the alleviation of malnutrition and hunger in Tigray; whether the UN is investigating any such allegations; if so, when this investigation will be completed; and when the UN’s food assistance in Tigray will be restored.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

In Spring 2023, US investigations uncovered large-scale nationwide food diversion schemes. In June, the US paused their food assistance to Ethiopia, which constitutes over 80 percent of the total. The pause will remain in place until adequate oversight, monitoring and risk mitigation measures are addressed. We are part of the UN Aid Diversions Taskforce and have been pressing for a humanitarian system-wide investigation. We are working with our representatives to the UN and World Bank to find solutions.

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