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Friday, 28 September 2012

Sahel to receive German help in dealing with consequences of drought

The German government will provide some  €5.7 million to address the consequences of drought in the Sahel region. Dirk Niebel, Germany’s Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development has pointed out accordingly: "Germany provided help early on, launching its first operations in November 2011 to mitigate the emerging famine.
The additional funding we are now providing for the countries in the Sahel region is intended to help make the local population more resilient. I feel that it is important – just as it was during the famine in the Horn of Africa last year – to follow up the humanitarian aid provided by the German government with medium to long-term measures aimed at improving food security and getting agricultural production started again. This is the only way to prevent famine in the future."
The additional funds will be used to support measures in Burkina Faso, Niger, Senegal and Mali, which have all been affected by the drought particularly severely.

Source: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)