Joint Statement: The Heads of the World Bank Group, IMF, WFP, and WTO Call for Urgent Coordinated Action on Food Security

  • Proposed actions to help vulnerable countries include providing emergency food supplies and deploying financial support to households and countries; facilitating unhindered trade; investing in sustainable food production and nutrition security.
  • Leaders call on the international community to support vulnerable countries through grants to cover urgent financing needs.

WASHINGTON, 13 April 2022— The Heads of the World Bank Group (WBG), International Monetary Fund (IMF), United Nations World Food Program (WFP), and World Trade Organization (WTO) today called for urgent action on food security. World Bank Group President David Malpass, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, WFP Executive Director David Beasley and WTO Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala issued the following joint statement ahead of the Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group next week:

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World Bank’s Ebola emergency response project

On Tuesday, September 16, the Board of Directors of the World Bank approved a $105 million dollar emergency response package to confront the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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The project consists of three components. The first component ($45m) is to support the Ebola outbreak response plans of the governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The second component ($38m) aims to bolster the human resources side of the response, while the third component ($22m) consists of providing food and basic supplies to the quarantined populations and affected households. The full Project Appraisal Document can be found here.

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