World Bank Gives Grant to Mitigate Food Crisis in Kiribati

The World Bank has injected $2 million into the government of Kiribati’s Import Levy Fund to ensure that some 62,000 people in the country’s outer islands will have access to affordable food.

Kiribati relies on imports to feed its people, half of whom live on the outer islands of the Gilbert Group, the World Bank noted in a May 6 press release.

According to Ferid Belhaj, the World Bank country director for the Pacific Islands, the grant forms part of efforts to help the government of Kiribati develop sustainable food security and environment programs.

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    Eliza Villarino currently manages one of today’s leading publications on humanitarian aid, global health and international development, the weekly GDB. At Devex, she has helped grow a global newsroom, with talented journalists from major development hubs such as Washington, D.C, London and Brussels. She regularly writes about innovations in global development.