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Jun 5, 2012

US Increases Aid to Sahel Region Via the WFP

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.

Overseeing USAID
funding to fight
famine in the Sahel region of
Africa, Nancy Lindborg,
Assistant Administrator
for Democracy, Conflict, and
Humanitarian Aid.  Photo: USAID.
According to Nancy Lindborg, Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Aid, “When I was in Rome earlier this year I pledged, along with other donors, to match early warning with early action in the Sahel, and the U.S. government is living up to that pledge ... This additional assistance will provide lifesaving food aid for some of the most vulnerable people across the Sahel. To ensure that we reach people as quickly as possible, a portion of this food will be purchased regionally.”

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.

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