Policy of UN's food program in Honduras

Published on 16 February 2009

The UN's World Food Program in Honduras appears to be working the way development aid should, and Canada has stepped into a lead role. What's going right? For one thing, in the decade since this Central American country was laid low by Hurricane Mitch -- a disaster that left scars that still linger -- the number of children fed through a school-feeding program has grown from 200,000 to 1.3 million. That's a big deal in a country where one child in four is chronically malnourished. [...] Food aid, [Jamie Vallaure, the WFP representative in Honduras ] points out, can be remarkably cost-efficient. WFP spent $5 billion last year, up from $3.5 billion in 2007 as a result of the steep rise in food prices, to feed 100 million of the 900 million who need help. But nearly two-thirds of this money goes to feed just one-third of recipients, those who are hit by war or famine or natural disasters and are at imminent risk of starvation.

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