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Food Aid

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes have been (a) planned, (b) initiated, (c) run, (d) directly funded and (e) part-funded by his Department using nutrient dense ready-to-use foods since the beginning of 2007; and if he will make a statement. (197174)

Complete costing information on what programmes have been planned and funded using ready-to-use foods (RUTF) is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The Department for International Development frequently channels funds for RUTF through budget support at the country level or as contributions to the core budgets or pooled funds of UN organisations working on humanitarian issues.

DFID is providing £1.5 million (2006 to 2010) to the NGOs Concern Worldwide and Valid International to widen the use of RUTFs in community care programmes in Zambia, Malawi, Ethiopia and Bangladesh.