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Monday, 13 February 2012

Further EU action needed to head off more severe food security crisis

The Danish presidency has recently called for greater EU humanitarian and development funding to prevent the food crisis in the Sahel Region from worsening. Following a high-level meeting organised by the Danish Presidency and the Commission with the aim of raising international awareness on the looming food security crisis,   Mr. Christian Friis Bach, Danish minister for Development Cooperation underlined that “investing more in disaster risk reduction and preparedness is not just a good idea. It is crucial and a very good investment”.
Warning about the critical state of affairs of the region and the so-called CNN effect, Mr. Friis Bach remarked: “We know the food crisis will hit children and vulnerable groups in a few months in the Sahel-region. We cannot wait until CNN arrives. We have to react now to mitigate the humanitarian consequences of the food crisis for the most vulnerable groups”.

Source: Danish Presidency