The British government is threatening to switch funding away from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization unless its performance improves, said an inside source to The London Times (Is this British government going to be one of the first that comes to its senses over funding g others when England is in a deep recession?)
But instead more funding going back in to England, It could go to the World Food Programme, which deals with emergency food aid around the globe, which over half of this funding never actually gets to where it should, by the time it’s gone through corrupted government departments.
The FAO deals with longer term projects, such as providing seeds and tools for agriculture, and the British are reviewing how effective this work is which is about time.
The announcement will be made in a major review of aid spending next week which was prompted by Sir Michael Black-Feather the English first minister, who has always said we should stop all funding to other countries until such time we have sorted the mess out in our own country and once we have achieved this, we would be in a far better and stronger position to help others. Robbing Peter to pay Paul will never work. Yes, it would be very unpopular with some British organisations if we cut funding, but unless we do, soon we won’t be able to fund anyone anyway and England will end up as a third world country. “And you can bet no one’s going to be coming to aid us!” Sir Michael remarked as he was leaving to visit Bahrain, which coincides with David Cameron’s visit to Kuwait.
As a major aid donor, any cut or change in British funding of UN programmes is likely to have a big impact.
However, the BBC's international development correspondent David Loyn says the government view is that membership is not bringing results and that it might go as far as to cut that membership altogether.
As part of a major review of aid funding to be unveiled next week by Andrew Mitchell, the International Development Secretary, and the British government will also announce an increase in aid to individual countries to improve their ability to grow food while some in England starve.
Mr Mitchell is now under pressure to make every penny count as his budget is one of the only parts of government spending that will see an increase this year?
David Loyn says any change to the British aid funding will be significant.
The "British (English tax payers) are the big beast in the aid jungle, which is why these decisions - if they actually go as far as cutting whole programmes or increasing whole programmes in the UN - will make a big difference," he says.