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G20: €210 million in food assistance for most vulnerable worldwide

Ahead of the G20 Summit in Bali, the Commission is stepping up support to help those most affected by the devastating effects of rising food insecurity globally. A new humanitarian aid package of €210 million will be provided in 15 countries to meet their growing needs. This brings the EU's overall support for global food security to up to €8 billion between 2020-2024. In 2022, food insecurity reached unprecedented levels, both in scale and severity with at least 205 million people currently acutely food insecure and requiring urgent assistance. This is the highest level on record. Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen remain at risk of famine.

President Ursula von der Leyen yesterday said:

Russia's war in Ukraine is having a major effect on global food supply. Countries that were already vulnerable to food shocks have been put in a dramatic situation. We must act to avoid famine in some of the poorest areas of the world. The EU stands with the most vulnerable countries and today the EU further extends its support to those in need.”

The funding will be provided as follows:

  • West and Central Africa: €2 million in Burkina Faso, €1 million in Mali, €2 million in Niger, €1 million in Chad and €4 million in the Central African Republic will provide food security assistance as well as protection, nutrition and livelihood support.
  • East and Southern Africa: €9 million in Sudan will help affected populations with the delivery of emergency lifesaving basic services and protection assistance; €6 million in South Sudan will help scale-up the humanitarian emergency response; €10 million in Ethiopia will focus on emergency food security, livelihood assistance, nutrition and water and sanitation; €10 million in Somalia will prioritise the most vulnerable population groups.
  • Middle East: €35 million in Yemen will deliver food assistance to the most vulnerable in north and south of the country; €15 million in Syria will support the most vulnerable with food assistance; and €5 million in Lebanon will support vulnerable refugees and Lebanese to meet their basic needs.
  • Afghanistan: €75 million for Afghan regional crisis will address the dramatic food security situation, with an estimated 24  million people in need, as well as needs related to the winter and natural disasters that have recently affected the country;
  • Latin America: €30 million for Venezuela's regional crisis will address the population's most urgent needs, both inside and outside the country (notably, in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru); €5 million in Central America's Dry Corridor will help with food assistance and nutrition, health, water and sanitation, and protection. This amount was announced in early October 2022 during Commissioner Lenarčič's visit to the region.

In addition to the funding announced yesterday, the European Commission has already allocated an additional €175 million in humanitarian assistance to support those most in need in Ukraine and Moldova. Commissioner Lenarčič, announced this funding during his visit to Kyiv on 19 October. Additionally, €10 million were allocated to Pakistan to respond to the flash floods which had a great impact on the food, nutrition and livelihood of affected communities.

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