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Monday, 26 March 2012

EU Support to rural development in Sahel Region

EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, has recently proposed a €164.5 million aid package to improve the situation in the Sahel. Mr Piebalgs noted the EU’s quick response to the looming food crisis in the region, as the European Commission (EC) has already mobilised €123.5 million for preliminary humanitarian assistance.
According to the EC,  the new aid package will support the existing national food security systems managed by governments. In addition, cash/food for work initiatives will be reinforced to benefit the poor so they can afford to buy food and the farmers will receive vouchers for seeds and fertilizers. Moreover, information on food security and nutrition will be improved through improved early warning systems on the food situation.

Source: European Commission