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Food Aid Flows 2012 Report

In 2012 global food aid deliveries totaled slightly more than 5 million mt. WFP remains the primary means for delivering food assistance: 58 percent of global food aid was provided through WFP in 2012.

Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa were the main recipients of food aid in 2012, with deliveries marginally (67,000 mt) higher than the previous year. 

The top 8 recipient countries accounting for 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). 

Emergency remained by far the most predominant category (accounting for 3,489,000 mt of deliveries) and programme aid the smallest (accounting for only 154,000 mt of deliveries). Compared with 2011, the share of project food aid increased by 6 percent (81,000 mt) while programme food aid decreased by 2 percent (4,000 mt). 

This annual Food Aid Flows Report gives an overview of trends in global food aid deliveries by donor governments, non-governmental organizations and WFP and also includes additional statistical information as annexes. Recent findings show that actual quantities of non-cereals were higher than previously published figures. WFP has revised the information on the FAIS website to reflect these new figures.