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Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

6. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department’s delivery of humanitarian aid in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement. (233026)

DFID has responded swiftly to the humanitarian situation through capable operational agencies, particularly the World Food Programme (WFP). Since January, we have committed £16.5 million to alleviate food shortages. This includes:

(i) £11 million to help feed 4.5 million people; and

(ii) £5.5 million to provide agricultural input including seeds, fertilisers, technical assistance to boost food production, and credit.

We are monitoring the situation.