WFP deeply concerned by diversion of food aid in Ethiopia

 ROME – The World Food Programme (WFP) is deeply concerned by the recent reports of significant diversion of humanitarian food assistance in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region. In a statement released on Thursday, WFP has said it takes this issue extremely seriously and will not tolerate any interference in its distribution of critical food aid to the most vulnerable women, men and children.

 A comprehensive investigation was immediately launched by WFP upon learning of the food diversion reports and swift action has been taken to establish all the facts and further strengthen controls. 

 Food distribution in Tigray has been paused and will not resume until WFP can ensure that vital aid will reach its intended recipients. 

 WFP is working closely with the regional authorities to identify any individuals involved in these activities, and to close any loopholes in the process of identifying and registering beneficiaries. 

 WFP is also strongly reiterating to our cooperating partners that they monitor and report any illicit activities, and that they are enforcing the agreed controls. 

 WFP prides itself on ensuring the proper use of donor contributions - with the most stringent controls and processes in order to best serve the millions of the hungry who depend on WFP’s lifesaving and life-changing assistance.

 The people of Tigray are still recovering from the impacts of a two-year conflict, which has left 84 per cent of the region in a food crisis. WFP is resolutely committed to ensure life-saving food assistance reaches those most in need efficiently and effectively.