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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

EU to support Niger establish food security and resilience to crisis

European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, spoke at the Niger National Economic and Social Development Plan (PDES) Round Table Conference held today in Paris, France, highlighting EU’s intention to help Niger establish food security and resilience to crises.
In this context Commissioner Georgieva reassured that Niger “is and will remain one of our most important partner countries in West Africa”.  She emphasized the contribution of the EU of more than € 530 million to Niger within the framework of the 10th European Development Fund (covering 2008-2013). Plus, additional funds have been provided in order to respond to the effects of the Libyan and Mali conflicts, the 2012 food crisis and the recent flooding.
Furthermore, in the context of the "Agenda for Change" for the 11th EDF National Indicative Programmes, the European Commission plans to limit the number of sectors the EU is active in, to concentrate its support in areas where a real impact can be made and to differentiate between partner countries with regard to their actual needs. Also, EU will continue to support Niger for the establishment of food security and resilience for the most vulnerable households.
Commissioner Georgieva also welcomed Niger’s Economic and Social Development Plan for 2012-2015, aiming to implement a development strategy based on governance of democratic and credible institutions, respect for human rights, transparency and above all, on food security. She has also pointed the importance of strengthening additional sectors like health or access to drinking water.

 

Source: New Europe