Urgent Response Needed To Prevent A Worsening Of Hunger In The Sahel

Published on 15 February 2012

Leaders from United Nations agencies and representatives of affected governments and major donors today called for an urgent scale-up of humanitarian, rehabilitation and development assistance to respond to rising levels of hunger in the Sahel region, caused by the combined effects of drought, high food prices, displacement and conflict.

ROME –  “This is a devastating drought. It’s throwing more than 10 million people into grave food and nutrition insecurity. Today, more than one million children are facing urgent malnutrition which can have devastating long-term consequences,” said UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Josette Sheeran, following a high-level meeting at WFP headquarters in Rome.

 

For recent video images from the Sahel, please click on this link:
https://rcpt.yousendit.com/1377469720/668ef5de9adf9f6e0c9b65a0ad323207

For video images from the media briefing following the Rome meeting today, please click on this link:   https://rcpt.yousendit.com/1377746172/e0cf1a9138eee74e36bb5e53fba9fa9e

A new video story from the Sahel can be viewed by following this link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MQBOwS43I4

For photo images from the Sahel region, please click on this link:
https://www.yousendit.com/download/M3Bsd0VPdzhEa1ZBSXNUQw

For photo images from today’s media briefing, please click on this link:
https://www.yousendit.com/download/M3BrclVEMGNlM1JWeHNUQw

Interviews with WFP staff in the region can be arranged by contacting:
Malek Triki, WFP/Dakar,  Mob. +221 77 6375964  malek.triki@wfp.org
Vigno Hounkanli, WFP/Niamey,  Mob. +227 91 20 55 85  vigno.hounkanli@wfp.org

A fact sheet on WFP’s response to the Sahel crisis can be found at this link:
http://documents.wfp.org/stellent/groups/public/documents/communications/wfp244889.pdf

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For the full text of the Statement released following today’s meeting, please follow this link:
http://www.wfp.org/news/news-release/urgent-call-united-action-inthe-sahel-region-west-africa

At the Rome meeting, participants included, the leadership of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Development Programme (UNDP),the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department, joined by senior representatives from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF),  the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),  United States Agency for International Development (USAID) , representatives of the African Union (AU), Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), the International Council Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), and a broad representation of donor governments, as well as WFP board members.