Summary: Food aid: EU Commission allocates €135m to alleviate world hunger (26 February 2007: Brussels)
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The European Commission has adopted a funding decision of €135 million for food aid targeting an estimated 12.5 million people living in regions such as sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Caucasus, the Middle East and Northern Africa. This decision aims to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people facing food shortages due to natural catastrophes, economic and political crises, or armed conflicts. The funds will be channelled through the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), under the responsibility of Commissioner Louis Michel.
Commissioner Michel stated: "Today, there are still almost 820 million undernourished people. This is unacceptable. In too many countries, entire populations cannot feed themselves and depend entirely on international aid for survival. The European Union has an essential role in providing them with food aid, and in restoring food security in areas scarred by natural catastrophes or conflict. This new funding is an expression of European solidarity with the world's most destitute communities."
Following a detailed assessment of global nutritional needs, a list of 19 priority locations has been established: Sudan, Chad, Ethiopia, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Uganda, Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, Côte d'Ivoire, Niger, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Liberia, the Caucasus, East Timor, Myanmar/Burma and Nepal.
More than 12.5 million people will benefit directly from this new Commission decision. Beneficiaries will include refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities in areas affected by population displacement. Children and young mothers will be given priority.
The following projects will be supported through this humanitarian aid decision: