Sweden pledges US$8 million to combat food shortages, child malnourishment

Rising food prices during the COVID-19 crisis, alongside other factors such as failed harvests, droughts, conflicts, and political instability, have fueled hunger crises in several low-income countries around the world. It is currently estimated that 690 million people are affected by chronic food shortages, and many of them are children.

To ease the situation and help combat child malnutrition, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has allocated SEK 50 million (US$6 million) to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in support of humanitarian needs in Yemen, Burkina Faso, and Venezuela. In addition, Sida has allocated SEK 21 million (US$2 million) to the International Rescue Committee for their work in South Sudan and Cameroon.

Press release – Sida (in Swedish)