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Mar 29, 2012

USAID Donates US$100M to WFP to Fight Sahel Famine

Photo: Sahel Region
Courtesy: IDRC, Canada
On 29 March 2012 the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) issued a press release expressing its appreciation for the US$100 million donated by the U.S. Agency for International Development to provide food aid in response to the famine in the Sahel region of West Africa.  This donation consisted of US$28 million in cash and an initial consignment of 7,500 metric tons of food that was stocked in strategic locations.

The WFP's target is an estimated 8.8 million people from Mauritania to Chad who are facing a second year of severe drought.  The ability to now procure readily available food stocks located in strategic locations will cut down on transportation costs and reduce transition times.  More food aid will be shipped from the U.S. in August in the weeks prior to the expected harvests in late September and October.

The United States is one of WFP's largest donors, especially one of its largest cash contributors.  In 2012 it has given US$365 million and of this US$36 has been in cash.  To date, US donations to the Sahel crisis by country are:

  • Burkina Faso, US$4 million
  • Chad, US$66 million
  • Mali, US$ 14 million
  • Mauritania, US$8 million
  • Niger, US$24 million

For more see: "WFP Welcomes More Than $100 Million Donation From U.S. To Fight Hunger In The Sahel Region Of West Africa," United Nations World Food Programme Press Release, 29 March 2012.

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