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WFP warns against cuts in humanitarian assistance and development cooperation

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Berlin, 6 September 2022 - On the occasion of this week's national budget negotiations, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is issuing an urgent warning against cuts in development and humanitarian aid budget titles.

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The draft budget for 2023 envisages cuts, some of them drastic, in the budget titles of crisis management and important special initiatives in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and humanitarian aid in the Federal Foreign Office (AA).

Cuts in the middle of the hunger crisis would send a fatal signal to millions of hungry people and would not be commensurate with Germany's leadership in this area,

said Dr. Martin Frick, head of WFP in Germany.

Germany was the world's second largest humanitarian donor last year.

Increasing conflicts, climate extremes, the economic consequences of the pandemic and the global shockwaves of the war in Ukraine have caused the number of acutely hungry people worldwide to shoot up to 345 million.

The Corona crisis alone had doubled the number to 276 million, and the war had increased it even more.

Background Information

Germany generously provided funds for global food security at the onset of the food crisis and put the issue high on the political agenda within its G7 presidency.

The Federal Foreign Office (AA), the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) have addressed the issue of hunger across government departments and, in addition to financial pledges, have also provided important political impetus.

In addition to scaling up life-saving emergency assistance, this applies particularly to projects that envision long-term structural changes.

Increasing extreme weather events and the global impact of the war in Ukraine show that our food systems are neither crisis-proof nor future-proof. In addition to alleviating acute need, we must build ahead to mitigate future disasters. These projects cannot wait and need solid funding. This is in Germany's interest because it is cost-efficient and because it takes a comprehensive approach to security policy,

Dr. Frick sums up.

(Source: WFP Press release)

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