German government allocates 880 million euros to fight world hunger | News from Germany about Germany | DW

The German government is allocating 880 million euros to fight world hunger. According to a report by Funke Mediengruppe published on Monday, August 1, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is investing funds “where the need is greatest, where several crises overlap”, for example, in drought-affected countries – Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya.

Thus, Germany more than doubled its initial commitment to allocate 430 million euros to overcome the consequences of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke about in March of this year.

The funds come from special funds

Germany has been coordinating the distribution of funds from special funds since the G7 summit in Bavarian Elmau. “The money is coming in and it’s giving developing countries the opportunity to become more independent,” German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Svenja Schulze was quoted as saying by the media.

Support should also be provided to states particularly affected by climate change and armed conflict, such as the Sahel region in Africa and countries in the Middle East. Like Lebanon, they are the main place of refuge for Syrian refugees and are themselves facing an increase food prices. Tunisia and Egypt, which rely heavily on grain imports from Russia and Ukraine, are also getting help, according to BMZ.

As explained in the BMZ, we are talking about both providing short-term support to the population to mitigate the consequences of a sudden onset crisis, and providing long-term assistance in order to optimize supply chains and support agricultural development. According to Schulze, ensuring a more sustainable development of the agricultural sector on the ground is the best barrier to preventing Russian President Vladimir Putin from using wheat as a weapon.

When implementing a project related to the distribution of aid to countries in need, BMZ cooperates with UN humanitarian organizations and non-governmental organizations such as the German charity Deutsche Welthungerhilfe or an association of Oxfam charities.

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