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International Food Aid

Map No. 363

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Wars, droughts, economic collapse and other disasters disrupt access to basic necessities. This map shows sources of international financial donations intended to provide food for people whose normal way of getting food has failed.

In 2005 governments contributed about US$ 2.5 billion to food aid programmes. Half of this came from the United States; a third was from territories in Western Europe. These are some of the richest territories. A further US$ 0.5 billion was contributed by international organisations, individuals and charities. Food aid is a temporary measure dealing only with the immediate problem.

"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor are poor, they call me a communist." Dom Helder Camara, 2004

Territory size shows the proportion of all contributions to international food aid programmes that come from governments there.

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