Iraq’s food aid budget cut by half

In Food security on April 5, 2010 at 10:47 pm

BAGHDAD, 1 April 2010 (IRIN) – The Iraqi government has decided to cut by half the number of items in state food aid parcels – something that could affect roughly half the population, according to the Trade Ministry.

Iraq’s food rationing system, known as the Public Distribution System (PDS), was set up in 1995 as part of the UN’s oil-for-food programme following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990, but it has been crumbling since 2003 due to poor management, insecurity and corruption, a senior official said.

Read the full article here.

Roughly four million people in Iraq (15% of the population) are considered to be “food insecure”.


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