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03 Dec 2018 description

Space satellite data is being used to predict and prevent pests from ravaging crops and leaving African farmers destitute.

Published 30 November 2018
From: Department for International Development and The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP Picture: CABI

British scientists have developed an early-warning system for farmers using new technology as 40% of crops globally are lost to pests and diseases every year and more than 200 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are undernourished.

14 Jul 2016 description

Annual Report

The Annual Report meets DFID’s obligation to report on its activities and progress under the International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Act 2006. It includes information on DFID’s results achieved, spending, performance and efficiency.

04 Mar 2016 description

Scottish charity Mary’s Meals is set to receive £5 million from the UK Government in match funding, following an overwhelming response to its latest campaign from generous supporters.

Secretary of State for International Development, Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, announced £5m in UK Government match funding for Mary’s Meals at their Glasgow office today, following the overwhelming success of their Feed Our Future campaign, which was supported by the UK Aid Match fund.

22 Jan 2016 description

The Civil Society Challenge Fund (CSCF) was a demand-led fund which aimed to enable poor and marginalised people to have a voice on issues that affect them and to be included in local and national decision making forums. Running from 2000 to 2015, it supported 526 projects in Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Middle East, each with a grant of up to £500,000 and running for 3 to 5 years.

15 Jul 2014 description

Annual Report

The Annual Report meets DFID’s obligation to report on its activities and progress toward the Millennium Development Goals under the International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Act 2006. It includes information on DFID’s results achieved, spending, performance and efficiency. The audited statutory accounts include spend against Parliamentary Estimate, and a statement of DFID’s assets and liabilities.

Accounts

27 Jun 2013 description

Headline results

By 2012–13, DFID had achieved the following results*:

09 Mar 2012 description

The world has met its target to halve the number of people without access to safe drinking water, says a report released by the UN today.

The achievement is part of Millennium Development Goal 7 – one of the eight internationally agreed targets to fight poverty and boost development by 2015.

It is one of the first targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be met, and means that more than 2 billion people now have better water than they did two decades ago thanks to new piped supplies and protected wells.

02 Jun 2011 description

UK aid is about generating opportunity and prosperity for poor people in developing countries.

This document sets out how we intend to put the private sector centre-stage in doing this.

Our new approach to working with the private sector is about us doing more with and for private enterprise, extending this work in new areas, and doing it better. We want private sector thinking to become as much part of DFID’s DNA as our work with charities and governments.

01 Mar 2011 description

This review has focused the UK's bilateral aid programme in fewer countries so we can target our support where it will make the biggest difference and where the need is greatest.

02 Oct 2009 description

Millions of African families could be saved from destitution thanks to a much-needed vaccine that is being mass-produced in a drive to protect cattle against a deadly parasite.

East Coast fever is a tick-transmitted disease that kills one cow every 30 seconds - with one million a year dying of the disease.

Calves are particularly susceptible to the disease.

06 Jul 2009 description

A new poverty action plan to help the world's poorest people cope with the economic crisis was announced today by International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander.

Launching a new White Paper, Building our Common Future, Mr Alexander said the measures would bring help to the 50 million people worst hit by the global recession, keeping children in school, parents in jobs and the most vulnerable out of destitution.

The White Paper represents a fundamental shift in the way the UK delivers …

16 Dec 2008 description

1 Introduction

1.1 The Public Service Agreement (PSA) framework has changed for the period 2008-11. Thirty PSAs now reflect a collective set of the UK government's priorities.

1.2 The Department for International Development (DFID) is the lead department on PSA 29: Reduce poverty in poorer countries through quicker progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

31 Aug 2008 description

Africa Conflict and Humanitarian Unit (ACHU)

Summary of key findings

- Total spend in 2007/8 was =A3205m, a decline from =A3236m in 2006/7. However using adjusted figures the amount is broadly similar for both years. Both these years' spend was less than the exceptional 2005/6, when it peaked at =A3264m.

- Year on year trend: there has been a 10-15 % decline since the peak spend in 2005/6 of =A3264m.

- The top five recipient countries of DFID humanitarian aid are Sudan, DRC, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Somalia.

01 Jun 2006 description

Over 30 million people will need relief to meet their food needs in Africa in 2006. Countries in Southern Africa and the more north easterly parts (for example, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia) are worst affected - accounting for nearly 24 million people in need.

17 Feb 2006 description

Over 30 million people will need relief to meet their food needs in Africa in 2006.

08 Dec 2005 description

Over 6.2 million people in Malawi and Zambia are likely to face food shortages before April 2006, Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for International Development, told the House of Commons today.

"The latest assessment indicates that up to 4.85 million people face food shortages in Malawi," he said. "I am today confirming a further =A33 million to help respond to the increased need. This brings the UK government's contribution to the humanitarian response in Malawi to =A318.2 million.

01 Nov 2005 description

The Scale (and Cause) of Hunger in Southern Africa