Aiuto alimentare: ridurre i rischi e prevenire la crisi

La lotta contro la fame e la denutrizione è una priorità della DSC. Con l’aiuto alimentare la DSC impiega mezzi umanitari per salvare vite umane e alleviare le sofferenze.

Obiettivi principali della DSC

In qualità di parte alla Convenzione sull’assistenza alimentare, la Svizzera fornisce aiuto alimentare e contribuisce al miglioramento della sicurezza alimentare a livello mondiale. L’aiuto umanitario della DSC si basa principalmente sulla collaborazione con il Programma alimentare mondiale (PAM) dell’ONU e con le ONG Nel 2018 i contributi svizzeri a favore del PAM sono ammontati a oltre 75 milioni CHF e sono andati a beneficio di circa 27 Paesi. Oltre il 50% dei fondi è servito a mitigare crisi alimentari in Africa, mentre il resto è stato impiegato in Paesi della regione mediorientale e dell’Asia, nonché ad Haiti e in Colombia.

Nel corso degli ultimi anni, l’aiuto alimentare della Confederazione con prodotti lattieri ha assunto una modalità nuova e più flessibile. L’obiettivo di questo cambiamento è di raggiungere il maggior numero possibile di persone in difficoltà. Nel 2017 la DSC ha sostenuto in 16 Paesi programmi di 20 ONG e di 3 rappresentanze svizzere con una fornitura di latte in polvere del valore di 7 milioni CHF proveniente dalla Svizzera. Altri 13 milioni sono andati al PAM. Dal 2018 la totalità dei fondi viene messa a disposizione del PAM. In Algeria e nella Corea del Nord, Paesi in cui il latte in polvere rappresenta la modalità d’intervento più adatta, il PAM ha acquistato i prodotti in Svizzera al livello di prezzo definito per l’esportazione.

Nell’attuale periodo di riferimento del messaggio (2017-2020) viene effettuata una compensazione di 7 milioni CHF per sostenere progetti alimentari. Questi fondi sono destinati in primo luogo alle ONG che in passato hanno ricevuto forniture di latte in polvere dalla Svizzera.

Contesto

Oltre 820 milioni di persone nel mondo sono denutrite. Il peggioramento della situazione alimentare a livello globale è da imputare soprattutto a conflitti, che spesso sono inaspriti da catastrofi climatiche come siccità e inondazioni. Ad esserne più colpite sono le aree contese nell’Africa subsahariana come la Somalia, il Sudan del Sud, la Repubblica Democratica del Congo, lo Yemen, la Nigeria nord-orientale e la regione mediorientale. Le persone che vivono in questi Paesi necessitano urgentemente di aiuto umanitario e dipendono dal sostegno alimentare.

IL PAM lavora principalmente con pagamenti in contanti che promuovono la commercializzazione di generi alimentari prodotti localmente e garantiscono al contempo la libertà decisionale dei destinatari.

La comunità internazionale cerca, in maniera sempre maggiore, di preparare con interventi mirati le persone minacciate dalla fame a eventuali crisi.

Progetti attuali

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UNHAS - Accès aux bénéficiaires en Afrique de l’Ouest

01.03.2024 - 31.12.2027

Dans un contexte d’insécurité alimentaire croissante et d’accès humanitaire précaire au Sahel, le service aérien humanitaire des Nations Unies (UNHAS) permet d’accéder aux populations dans le besoin grâce à un transport sûr et rapide de personnes et de biens. La contribution à UNHAS permettra d’atteindre les populations vulnérables dans les régions reculées ou enclavées et d’assurer le suivi des programmes suisses.


Accelerating the implementation of international commitments towards locally led humanitarian action 2024-2025

01.02.2024 - 30.06.2025

Locally led humanitarian action, development and peacebuilding (LLHDP) receives greater attention in international cooperation. Switzerland has a long tradition in working on LLHDP but lacks a coherent approach in taking this further. Through initiatives under this credit proposal SDC is making a meaningful contribution to the implementation of international commitments and efforts on LLHDP. This includes greater goal setting and progress on LLHDP, action-oriented research and catalytic actions to address specific blockages across the sector.


2024 Additional allocation to WFP Country Strategic Plans (NHF)

01.01.2024 - 31.12.2024

The war in Sudan entered its second year. Sudan is facing a major humanitarian catastrophe. The conflict also affected neighbouring countries, in particular Chad and South Sudan who are already struggling with a dire humanitarian situation that pre-existed before the conflict broke out. The consequences of the war exacerbated the acute food insecurity situation in those countries. With additional funding, SDC reinforces WFP’s emergency response to deliver life-saving food and nutrition assistance in Sudan, Chad and South Sudan.


Tchad-IOM, Contr. (SUD) 2023

04.12.2023 - 15.06.2024

This contribution aims at supporting IOM’s response to the needs of Chadian returnees having fled Sudan. IOM’s emergency response supports the returnees’ households through a nexus approach, which combines emergency humanitarian assistance (shelter, NFIs, etc,) and livelihood support to reduce their dependency on humanitarian assistance, therefore contributing to local and more sustainable development.


Multisectoral response to the humanitarian needs and protection risks of children, adolescents, and their families in the Orinoco Mining Arc.

15.06.2023 - 31.12.2024

The NRC intervention seeks to provide assistance in the sectors of Protection, Education, Food Security and Livelihoods, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, to 6,483 direct beneficiaries, including children, adolescents, and their families in communities and schools of the Orinoco Mining Arc; a hotspot area for illegal mining and high levels of violence in Bolivar state, near the border between Venezuela and Brazil, a priority area for the SDC Guidance Note for Venezuela 2022-2024.


Provide support to multi-sectoral needs for vulnerable families in the states of Bolivar and Sucre States

01.06.2023 - 31.12.2024

In cooperation with national and international stakeholders, RET will provide multi sectorial assistance for a total of 7’331 direct beneficiaries in Sucre and Bolívar states, by addressing their basic needs and strengthening opportunities in the sectors of food security and livelihoods, nutrition and health services, as well as in water, sanitation and hygiene; in line with the Humanitarian Response Plan for Venezuela 2022 – 2023 and the SDC Guidance Note for Venezuela 2022 – 2024.


Multisectoral response to the humanitarian needs of vulnerable people in Amazonas, Zulia and Bolivar states

01.06.2023 - 31.12.2024

Amid the protracted crisis in Venezuela, Action Against Hunger will provide humanitarian assistance in the sectors of Food Security and Livelihoods, Health and Nutrition for a total of 15’961 direct beneficiaries, identified as the most vulnerable population in Amazonas, Bolívar and Zulia states – border states with Colombia and Brazil; in line with the United Nation’s Humanitarian Response Plan for Venezuela 2022 – 2024 and the SDC Guidance Note for Venezuela 2022 – 2024


JPOs4UN Programme 2023-2028

01.01.2023 - 31.12.2028

The JPOs4UN programme aims at increasing the presence of Switzerland in the UN by augmenting the number of Swiss nationals working in SDC priority UN organizations. Switzerland directly funds partner humanitarian UN organizations to hire 11 Swiss young professionals on a three-year Junior Programme Officer contract; the Swiss foundation CINFO provides administrative support and career counselling. Swiss nationals add to a qualified and diverse UN workforce to implement the Agenda 2030.


Contribution to the implementation of WFP 2021-2025 Protection and Accountability to Affected Populations Policy (PAAP)

01.01.2023 - 30.04.2026

The World Food Programme (WFP) Strategic Plan 22-25 aims at a "people-centered, needs-driven and dignifying" approach in its operations. To reach this, Switzerland contributes to the implementation of the 2020 Protection and Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) policy, which states how WFP makes sure the food-insecure persons it supports are protected from risks, are duly served and can meaningfully participate on the design of operations.


Tchad-UNICEF, (SUD) 2023

01.01.2023 - 31.12.2023

The proposed contribution aims at responding to the mounting needs by supporting two health centres in Wadi Fira and Sila provinces and reinforcing quality care for children under five suffering from severe acute malnutrition in the targeted health districts. UNICEF provides access to basic services to all the affected communities – refugee and host - which will contribute to strengthening social cohesion and alleviate frustrations between host and refugee/returnee communities. 


WFP, Hurrican Ian Response, Cuba

01.12.2022 - 31.05.2024

Hurricane Ian has caused significant losses in the agricultural and fishing sector limiting the availability and access to food and affecting the livelihoods of the population in the provinces Pinar del Río, Artemisa, Mayabeque and Isla de la Juventud. With its contribution to the World Food Programme through the United Nations Plan of Action, SDC helps providing food assistance and restore food production and livelihoods to meet the needs of 798’000 severely affected people in those provinces.

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