UK food aid needs 'better management on the ground'

Food aid sent to some of the poorest parts of the world by the UK needs to be better managed on the ground in order to reach those who need it the most, a watchdog has said.

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UK food aid 'needs better ground management'

Food aid sent to help some of the most desperate parts of the world needs better management on the ground if it is to quickly reach those in need, a watchdog has said.

ICAI was generally positive about the international food aid programme. Credit: REUTERS/Russell Boyce

The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) criticised the Government department in charge of handing out aid to some of the world's poorest countries for slow implementation of their aid programme.

ICAI were generally supportive of the Department for International Development's (DFID) efforts to supply £3.3 billion of aid by 2020, praising the "globally recognised and effective" programme.

However, they warned that "implementation at the country level has been too slow" meaning it was impossible to be certain which practical effects it was having despite promising early signs.

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