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Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's humanitarian aid to Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement. (267384)

The Department for International Development (DFID) has responded swiftly to the humanitarian situation through capable operational agencies, particularly the World Food Programme (WFP). Since January 2008, we have committed £22.5 million to alleviate food shortages. This includes:

(a) £17 million to help feed over 4.5 million people; and

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

The food security situation remains fragile. However, the WFP has delivered over 96 per cent. of the 36,000MT of food designated for target beneficiaries, and has recently assessed that there is sufficient food in place to stabilise supply until the harvest period.