According to the United Nations, in 2022 there were 50 million people experiencing acute famine in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, and 828 million people were in a state of food insecurity. This figure has tripled over the last three years. In response to this situation, the Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs has launched a call for projects so that humanitarian and development NGOs can implement projects that will in the short term directly assist the most vulnerable in the world. Thirteen NGOs were able to use their expertise and local networks to react quickly and effectively to the crisis, implementing projects totalling EUR 2.2 million. They have implemented their projects in countries such as South Sudan, Somalia, Niger, Bangladesh, Haiti, Burkina Faso and Senegal.
In view of the alarming situation in terms of food insecurity in the Luxembourg Development Cooperation partner countries (Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Cabo Verde, Niger and Laos), the ministry has, on an exceptional basis, granted a mandate of EUR 20 million to its bilateral development agency LuxDev to implement projects aimed at strengthening food security, by supporting various national, multilateral and civil society partners.