Status: 01.08.2022 5:16 p.m.
In the fight against hunger, the federal government wants to spend 880 million euros this year. The money should be used where certain crises overlap. The war in Ukraine further aggravates the urgency.
The federal government wants to release 880 million euros this year to fight against the hunger crisis in the world. A spokesperson for Development Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) confirmed that the funds have more than doubled and should be spent “where the needs are greatest as the different crises overlap”. First, the newspapers of the Funke media group talked about it.
East Africa, Lebanon, Tunisia and Egypt
The funds were distributed regionally to countries that were seriously affected by the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine and its aftermath. This applies, for example, to the multi-year drought in the East African countries of Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan and Kenya.
Thus, States that are particularly suffering from the climate crisis and armed conflicts, such as the Sahelian zone and the countries of the Middle East, should also be supported. Countries like Lebanon are the main haven for Syrian refugees and are themselves struggling with rising food prices. Tunisia and Egypt are also supported as they are heavily dependent on grain imports from Russia and Ukraine.
The G7 countries have pledged 4.3 billion euros
The amount made available is made up as follows: nearly 590 million euros pass through the existing crisis instruments, 250 million euros through the special initiative “A world without hunger”. The basic contribution to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) will be increased by 42 million euros.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) had pledged funds for the fight against world hunger – initially 430 million euros in March during a virtual meeting of the seven largest democratic industrialized countries (G7). In June, at the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau, he pledged an additional 450 million euros, according to the ministry report.
Overall, the G7 states, the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Japan and Germany announced at the summit that they would allocate 4.3 billion additional euros to the fight against hunger this year. According to the Ministry of Development, the German funds come, among other things, from the supplementary budget which has already been approved.
“Helping people help themselves”
It’s about “helping people to help themselves,” the ministry said. It is important to make societies more resilient to long-term crises. The priority is to strengthen the poorest part of the population, to develop the country’s agriculture, to guarantee basic social services and to mitigate the social difficulties of price shocks.
“This money is coming in and it ensures that developing countries can become more independent,” Development Minister Schulze told the Funke newspapers. A more sustainable local crop is the best way to ensure that Russian President Vladimir Putin can no longer use wheat as a weapon.
According to the United Nations, around 50 million more people are starving to death as a result of war. Ukraine and Russia are among the largest grain exporters in the world.