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27 Mar 2017 description

Press release 56/2017 27 March 2017

By decision of Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen, Finland’s humanitarian aid will amount to EUR 61.4 million, of which approximately EUR 20 million will be channelled to the famine-hit countries in the Horn of Africa and to Nigeria and Yemen.

27 Mar 2017 description

ROME, ITALY – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a donation of US$6 million from the Republic of Korea that will allow WFP to enhance innovative food security monitoring systems in ten countries in Africa, enabling the organization to hear directly from people in need. The funding was raised through Korea’s air-ticket solidarity levy, which is collected from each international flight passenger departing Korea. Known as the “Global Disease Eradication Fund,” it is part of Seoul’s commitment to ending global disease, poverty and hunger.

27 Mar 2017 description

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, in charge for humanitarian emergency aid, announced that the federal government will double the population's donations to the campaign “Famine 12-12”. Minister De Croo has also planned international demarches. He will look, together with the United Nations, into a way to better tackle the structural causes. “We cannot look away when children are dying of hunger”.

26 Mar 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Above-average crop production in 2016 due to adequate rainfall throughout the season

  • Prices of millet and sorghum stable in January but remain above their year-earlier levels

  • Continued assistance required to improve access to food and protect livelihoods of food insecure and vulnerable people, including refugees and returnees

Cereal production recovered in 2016

26 Mar 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Adequate rains in 2016 facilitated crop development in most regions; bumper crop gathered for second consecutive year

  • Coarse grain prices increased in recent months and remained above their year earlier levels

  • Humanitarian assistance continues to be needed, including for Nigerian and Malian refugees

Bumper crop harvested in 2016