Humanitarian aid for Sahel
Tuesday 19 June 2012
The European Commission released an additional €40 billion in humanitarian aid for the Sahel, on 18 June, bringing to €337 million its response to the food crisis. The additional funding comes just weeks before the food crisis is expected to peak across the region, where 18 million people are in danger from hunger. The funding increase coincides with the European Commission’s high-level meeting on the Sahel food crisis, bringing together international donors, representatives of Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad and Nigeria, as well as international and local organisations. The aim of the meeting is to launch a new partnership - AGIR Sahel (Alliance Globale pour l’Initiative Résilience) – to strengthen the Sahel’s resilience to future crises.