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Germany increases funding by one billion euros in the fight against food crisis

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Berlin, 11 November 2022 - The German government plans to mobilize an additional one billion euros this year to combat the current global food crisis.

Logo German Humanitarian Assistance
Logo German Humanitarian Assistance© AA / GFFO
Annalena Baerbock, the German Foreign Minister, said that the Federal Foreign Office would be using just under half of this to boost its humanitarian assistance and thus provide basic foodstuffs to millions of people in need in the shortest possible time.

The world is facing a food crisis of historic dimensions

said Baerbock.

Accordingly, the additional 1 billion euros approved by the Bundestag to combat the food crisis will be allocated as follows:

  • 495 million euros for humanitarian assistance from the Federal Foreign Office (GFFO).
  • 495 million euros for the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and
  • 10 million euros for the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).

The additional contributions will benefit the people of Pakistan, whose country is still largely flooded.

In the Horn of Africa, families don't know how to feed their children after the fifth rainy season in a row.

In addition, people in the parts of Ukraine devastated by Russia are facing a harsh winter.

Background information

828 million people are suffering from malnutrition worldwide at present.

According to the Federal Foreign Office, the main drivers of the increase in global need are climate change, armed conflicts and the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Germany has expanded its humanitarian commitment over the past ten years: From around 270 million euros in 2012 to already 2.7 billion euros in the current year.

With the additional disbursement, German humanitarian aid will reach a new high.
This means that Germany will remain the second-largest donor after the USA this year.

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