US Provides Additional US$86 Million to Aid Agencies Fighting Famine in the Sahel Region of Africa.As food supplies become short in the Sahel region of Africa, the United States has increased its food and humanitarian aid donations to the region. It has granted an additional US$56.9 million to the World Food Programme (WFP). Of this, US$36.9 million is for in-kind food aid and distribution, and US$20 million is for the regional purchase and distribution of sorghum. Another US$29 million has been granted to support the work of NGOs committed to providing longer-term projects that address sustainable food security. This brings the total amount of U.S. government humanitarian assistance to over US$308 million in fiscal year 2012.
funding to fight
famine in the Sahel region of
Africa, Nancy Lindborg,
for Democracy, Conflict, and
Humanitarian Aid. Photo: USAID.
The official aid handover ceremony was held at WFP headquarters in Rome, Italy. Attendees included His Excellency, Gaoussou Drabo, the Malian Ambassador in Rome, His Excellency, Ambassador Amadou Toure from Niger, representatives from Burkina Faso and Cameroon, and Nancy Lindborg for USAID.
For more see:
"WFP Applauds Additions US Donation to Fight Growing Hunger in the Sahel," WFP Press Release, 5 June 2012.