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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Sahel food crisis: Despite humanitarian funding, much remains to be done

According to the Parliament, the international organisation Oxfam stated that "much more" needed to be done to tackle the food crisis in the Sahel region.As crop shortages, rising food prices, poor governance and conflict, among others, are leaving more than one million children under five facing acute under-nutrition, there are growing concerns the crisis will escalate in the coming months.
The Oxfam's deputy humanitarian director, Graham MacKay,who was among the keynote speakers at the event welcomed the leadership and commitment shown by the commission in getting donors around the table, and in increasing its humanitarian funding to the Sahel by €40m. Nevertheless, he stressed that this was not enough to “stop this crisis from turning into a catastrophe."

Source: The Parliament