Food Aid Deliveries Over 5 Million Metric Tons in 2012, Says New Report

A mother receives WFP rations in South Sudan. Copyright: WFP/George Fominyen

According to a newly released report, global food aid deliveries totaled slightly more than 5 million metric tons in 2012. WFP was the chief means of delivering food assistance.

The annual Food Aid Flows Report gives an overview of trends in global food aid deliveries by donor governments, non-governmental organizations and WFP. It also includes additional statistical information as annexes.

The report is based on information from the International Food Aid Information System (INTERFAIS), which was developed by WFP for the purpose of improving food aid management, coordination, reporting and analysis.

The 2012 report provides key insights into food aid flows, including:

  • In 2012 global food aid deliveries totaled slightly more than 5 million metric tons. WFP remains the primary means for delivering food assistance: in 2012, 58 percent of global food aid was provided through WFP.
  • Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa were the main recipients of food aid in 2012, with deliveries marginally (67,000 metric tons) higher than the previous year.
  • The top 8 recipient countries, comprising 49 percent of food aid deliveries, were: Ethiopia (16 percent), the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (8 percent), Yemen (5 percent) and Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan, Somalia and Sudan (each 4 percent).
  • The priority of donors was to meet emergency needs: almost 70 percent of food aid was used for this purpose. Program aid was the smallest category, accounting for only 154,000 metric tons of deliveries.
  • Recent findings show that actual quantities of non-cereals were higher than previously published figures. WFP has revised the information on the INTERFAIS website to reflect these new figures.

The 2012 Food Aid Flows Report can be found here.