Canada plans to raise $6 billion in annual foreign aid for food security

By Sakina Raj  | Date: 2022-08-12

Canada plans to raise $6 billion in annual foreign aid for food security

A global food crisis intensified by the Russia-Ukraine war has encouraged Canada to raise around $6 billion in yearly foreign aid, helping the most impacted countries in Africa and the Middle East, said Canada's aid Minister recently.

Harjit Sajjan, Canadian Minister of International Development, stated that the Ukraine war is causing severe ripples, especially to the supply chain and food security, further impacting the weakest people at the most challenging time.

Sajjan revealed that that Canada is trying its best for reflecting these challenges while claiming that the hunger crisis has risen owing to the skyrocketing prices of food.

Apparently, the Minister did not provide any specifics about the new aid figure. However, the Ottowa-based Canadian International Development Platform reported that the foreign aid has increased by 27% to approximately $6.6 billion than last year.

The U.N. (United Nations) has stated that a global food crisis driven by COVID-19, conflicts and climate shocks is on the rise given the current impacts of the war in Ukraine, resulting in hiked prices of food, fuel, and fertilizer.

According to a new study supported by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP), approximately 50 million people in Eastern Africa will encounter acute food insecurity this year.

It is worth mentioning that Canada is increasing support to the WFP, whose yearly requirements have reached an all-time high of $22.2 billion, barring other development programs.

Sajjan further revealed that the country has reinforced help for the Middle East region, for instance, Lebanon, which depends heavily on Ukrainian wheat and is currently experiencing bread shortages, with regards to food.

Canada is also expanding help to Egypt, one of the leading wheat importers and Yemen, Afghanistan, and Syria, which have been affected by the conflict.

The country is also considering ways to improve resilience in African countries, in light of the continent's shortage of food storage.

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