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Thursday, 06 December 2012

EU: €500 million to help with the food crisis in Sahel

Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Kristalina Georgieva announced on Thursday 6 December that EU will give around €500 million to help with the food crisis in Sahel.  
Present at the High-level Meeting of the Alliance Globale pour l'Initiative Resilience (AGIR),  Georgieva also urged for further actions, as the early signals for 2013 are actually quite worrying regarding access to food. Furthermore, British NGO Oxfam reported on the crisis in Sahel on October, “the food crisis is far from over and an increase in aid is still needed to help farmers and herders overcome the triple challenges of recurrent droughts, persistent poverty and political instability.”
There are 18 million people facing hunger and malnutrition across 8 countries of the Sahel region of West Africa, according to EU figures. The European Commission is the main humanitarian donor in the Sahel, having already brought  response to the food crisis in value of  €318 million.
AGIR initiative came to life on June in Brussels, with the purpose of  reacting to this situation, and has different stakeholders including governments, humanitarian organisations, UN agencies and organisations such as the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and two regional organisations (ECOWAS and UEMOA).


Source: New Europe