Definition of food aid in English:

food aid


mass noun
  • Help in the form of basic items of food given to a country or region suffering from a food shortage.

    ‘the distribution of food aid has been seriously hampered by the war’
    • ‘Last year, we provided 62 per cent of all food aid offered by the UN World Food Programme.’
    • ‘At the end of the war, 85 per cent of the population were dependent on foreign food aid.’
    • ‘In certain areas, local production is in fact stimulated since food aid is often coupled with agricultural aid.’
    • ‘The country had for years received food aid in return for its oil.’
    • ‘They did not appeal for international aid following last year's drought, which left millions in need of food aid in southern Africa.’
    • ‘The 1996 welfare law barred most legal immigrants from collecting food aid.’
    • ‘A great deal of money has gone into keeping people alive with food aid.’
    • ‘In 2001, 18.4 million Americans received some type of food aid from the USDA.’
    • ‘Around 5.5 million of these people are expected to be dependent on food aid by November.’
    • ‘The new program links medical assistance for AIDS-stricken countries to their acceptance of food aid produced from genetically engineered crops.’