French food aid in 2012
In 2012, chronic starvation affected close to 870 million people worldwide, including 150 million children. According to estimates by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the vast majority – some 850 million people, or a little less than 15% of the world’s population – live in developing countries.
To address the most serious situations, where the life of populations is threatened, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs mobilizes Programmed Food Aid (AAP), in addition to emergency aid implemented by the Crisis Centre (CDC).
This aid helps address the most urgent food and nutrition needs while contributing to safeguarding and rehabilitating the subsistence conditions of the populations concerned. It also helps strengthen population resilience: their capacity to face up to the risks of shocks, to address them, and to recover and adapt sustainably.
In 2012, 19 countries and territories benefited from AAP (22 in 2011), including 12 in Sub-Saharan Africa. The top ten beneficiaries (Niger, Chad, the Palestinian Territories, Mauritania, Mali, Haiti, Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Madagascar, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo) represent more than 75% of the budget, indicating a clear concentration of resources on a limited number of countries.