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Famine: Humanitarian Aid

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 14471, tabled on 8 June 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the role of anticipatory action in preventing future hunger crises; and what progress has been made towards implementing that approach to famine prevention.

Answered on

17 June 2022

The UK is a global leader in driving effective approaches to crises and preventing and anticipating future shocks. This includes FCDO's emergency humanitarian assistance and commitment of £3 billion over the next 3 years to the most vulnerable countries.

In 2021 we partnered with UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Germany to co-host the High-Level Event on Anticipatory Action, securing further commitments from the 75 participating Member States for early action to prevent major food crisis. In addition, we secured a commitment from the World Bank to continue its Early Response Financing at $1 billion. We are working closely with the Bank on Food Security Crisis Preparedness Plans to support more timely and better coordinated use of this additional finance.

We are one of the largest donors to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). CERF is now expanding its anticipatory action pilots to more countries experiencing food crises such as Burkina Faso, Niger and South Sudan.

We also committed £120 million to expand the use of disaster risk finance and insurance to ensure countries are able to respond rapidly when disasters strike. We will honour our COP26 commitments and boost sustainable agriculture productivity in developing countries.