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WFP Welcomes Historic Contribution From The African Union Commission To Relief Operations In The Sahel

NAIROBI – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US $450,000 contribution from the African Union Commission (AUC), to be used for WFP’s relief operations in the Sahel region.

“This is the first time that the African Union Commission has contributed directly to the operations of the World Food Programme,” said Ertharin Cousin, WFP’s Executive Director. “The humanitarian needs in the Sahel are immense and the time for action is now.  We are extremely grateful for the timely involvement of the AUC.”

The contribution will be used by WFP to provide food assistance to the most vulnerable, including refugees and internally displaced people in Burkina Faso, Chad, The Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.

Throughout the Sahel region, the frequent recurrence of droughts has left people with little time and insufficient resources to fully recover. They have sold their livestock and exhausted their savings. High food prices this year are also making the ‘hunger season’ especially hard on the poorest of the poor.

Preventing and treating malnutrition among children and pregnant or nursing mothers is at the core of WFP’s response to the Sahel crisis. The most vulnerable also receive assistance through food distributions or cash transfers that allow them to purchase food on local markets.

Between now and the end of the year, WFP is aiming to provide food assistance to over 10 million people in the Sahel region.

For more information please contact (email address:
Stephanie Tremblay, WFP/Nairobi, Tel. +254 207622336, Mob. +254 707 722106
Malek Triki, WFP/Dakar, Tel. +221 33 8496500, Mob. +221 77 6375964
Emilia Casella, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3854, Mob. +39 347 9450634
Caroline Hurford, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Bettina Luescher, WFP/New York, Tel. +1 646 5566909, Mob. +1 646 8241112