World Bank gives Kiribati emergency aid
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Kiribati, one of the world's most isolated nations, has received 2 million in emergency food aid from the World Bank. Lying on the equator, the country hosts some of the least developed communities in the world, with few natural resources and relying heavily on imports.
As the global food crisis pushes food prices through the roof, the people of this isolated region are struggling to cope, spending half of their income on food. The World Bank grant will provide emergency aid to 60,000 people, approximately 60 percent of the population.
Little skilled workforce and being so geographically isolated has hindered the country's exports, with foreign aid andeach contributing one fifth of the area's finances. Kiribati's government and the World Bank struck the deal at the annual meeting in , securing emergency food grants and developing programmes in environmental sustainability.
This is the second recent grant to Kiribati from the World Bank following a US$20 million allowance given in March to devise applications to deal with the effects of.
- Phil Mercer. "Kiribati gets emergency aid to meet rising food costs" — , May 11, 2011
- "World Bank to provide emergency food supplies to Kiribati" — , May 10, 2011
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- Jenara Nerenberg. "As Rising Seas Swallow Kiribati, World Bank Throws a $20 Million Life Preserver" — , 2/03/2011