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Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Commission releases €14.9 million for food security to Niger

Given the worsening food crisis in the Sahel, the Commission today agreed to disburse €14.9 million for food security in Niger, the worst affected country in the area. This follows the Commission's recent proposal to resume aid to Niger for €458 million between 2008 and 2013. The aid provided is in addition to the humanitarian assistance of € 25 million, which has been allocated so far in 2010 via the Commission's Department for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO). Today's funds will be complementary to the Commission's latest efforts to mobilise extra € 30 million for the Sahel region, mainly for Niger, in order to avoid another food crisis. European Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs stated: "This food assistance comes at a critical time for Niger and could free up to 700,000 families from the risk of hunger and famine. But a longer term solution is needed. Last month I proposed the resumption of the European Commission's development aid programme in Niger. It is essential that this lead is followed by other donors as part of a coordinated, long term strategy and that the government of Niger is fully on board in the fight against poverty ".

Source: European Commission