The U.K. Department for International Development has increased its funding for agricultural programs by more than 30 percent in the past three years, according to U.K. development minister Gareth Thomas, as reported by the Guardian. Thomas was reacting to a report criticizing the U.K. for not spending enough aid budget for agricultural development.
“This report is already out of date and is selective with the facts,” Thomas said about the report released by All Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development.
DfID also refuted the report’s claims that it only spent 20 million pounds (USD31 million) in sub-Saharan Africa out its 2008-2009 budget of 5.7 billion pounds. According to the agency, it spent 70 million pounds during the year in support of the region’s agriculture and food security efforts.