On March 4, the European Commission announced that it would devote â‚¬160 million to provide food aid to nations suffering from destabilizing crises around the world. Between the 17 initially-targeted nations – largely in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East – it is estimated that 18.7 million people will receive aid. Specific concerns include refugees and internally displaced peoples, with an emphasis on providing for mothers and young children.
The funds will not only support the distribution of foodstuffs in the aftermath of disasters and conflicts, but will also assist “food-for-work” activities directed towards re-establishing lines of income, agricultural self-sufficiency, and stability. The aid will be funneled through the UN World Food Programme, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Commission-partnered NGOs.Â More allocations are planned for later in 2008.
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