Food Crisis: Switzerland Commits 14.5m CHF to Nigeria, Others

December 28, 2022
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By Adedapo Adesanya

In response to the worsening food crisis in the world, Switzerland has approved additional funding of 14.5 million Swiss francs (CHF) for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

This increases Switzerland’s 2022 contribution to the WFP to over 100 million and will help around 350 million people worldwide who are currently affected by acute hunger and dependent on food aid.

President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr Ignazio Cassiscommitted additional funds to the WFP with 13 million Swiss francs going to the Immediate Response Account (IRA), the WFP’s emergency relief fund. The IRA can rapidly deliver needs-based assistance to the most vulnerable communities where it is most urgently needed in countries such as Afghanistan, Mozambique, and Nigeria.

A further 1.5 million is earmarked for the Ukrainian government’s “Grain from Ukraine Initiative” for countries where people are facing acute hunger. Switzerland’s contribution will be used to transport and distribute grain.

The 14.5 million announced by President Cassis is in addition to the approximately 90 million the FDFA has already allocated to the WFP in 2022. This is an increase of over 25 million compared to the annual contributions made prior to the COVID–19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

“The number of people suffering from acute hunger who are in need of humanitarian assistance has more than doubled from 150 million to 350 million since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine. We have risen to the situation with this substantial increase in our contribution over and above pre-crisis levels,” Mr Cassis said.

Switzerland has long promoted more sustainable food production to make global food systems more resilient. This benefits smallholder farmers and other impoverished and disadvantaged communities. It provides them with better access to know-how, resources, and markets.

In response to the food crisis, the FDFA has scaled up both assistance and projects already underway, for example, in Somalia, which has been severely hit by drought this year.

The FDFA has provided emergency relief funds to facilitate food distribution and cash transfers in Somalia and Afghanistan.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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