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Friday, 17 February 2012

The EC and WFP to devote more funds to the Sahel

According to most recent updates, the European Commission and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are to scale up their joint hunger-fighting efforts with an upcoming agreement for €30 million of humanitarian assistance. These new funds will support food programmes for one million children under the age of two and half a million pregnant and breast-feeding mothers who will face malnutrition in the coming months.
Kristalina Georgieva, the European Union's Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, underlines that the EC will focus on reducing the impact of a failed harvest “and prevent it from turning into another major food crisis”
The contribution will help to prevent malnutrition by scaling up food assistance over the coming months. The aim is to anticipate and reduce the impact of the food crisis which threatens 12 million people across the Sahel, according to the Commission.

Source: European Commission