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Somalia: Food

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid is being provided to Somalia to develop efficient and up-to-date methods of food production; and if he will make a statement. (209743)

The UK Government provide central funding to the EC in Somalia who are the lead donor in the field of rural development and food security with €50.9 million currently invested in programmes. The aim is to:

increase crop production, income and assets (particularly livestock) for communities in rural areas;

improve market access and marketing; and

improve access to appropriate information for emergency response and development planning.

DFID also provides core funding to multilateral organisations such as the World Bank and United Nations organisations, some of which contributes to food production activities. For example, DFID has provided over £90 million in support to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation and International Fund for Agricultural Development over the period 2002-03 to 2006-07.