The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agriculture and Food for Development has just published a new report, ‘Why no thought for food?’, which compiles responses from leading authorities in the field of agriculture to its inquiry into the UK’s role in addressing global food security.
This report unveils the fact that spending on agricultural programmes currently makes up just 3% of the Department for International Development’s (DFID) total annual aid expenditure. Despite the World Bank having uncovered that economic growth from agriculture generates at least twice as much poverty reduction as growth from any other sector, DFID has continued to oversee the steep decline in global Official Development Assistance (ODA) spent on agriculture, its share having fallen from 17% of ODA in 1982 to just 3.7% in 2002. In sub-Saharan Africa, the region worst hit by hunger and malnutrition, agriculture spending represents 0.3% of the DFID’s total aid. Continue reading