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Commissioners Georgieva and Piebalgs call high-level meeting on Sahel food crisis

Commissioner for development Andris Piebalgs and Commissioner for humanitarian aid Kristalina Georgieva (c) EU
15/06/2012  - 

The hunger crisis in the Sahel is expected to peak in the weeks to come, threatening 18 million people across West Africa. Acting in line with its commitment to help the people of the Sahel survive this crisis and develop greater resilience to future ones, the EU Commissioners for humanitarian aid and development – Kristalina Georgieva and Andris Piebalgs respectively – are organising a high-level meeting to chart the way out of the crisis and away from potential repetitions.

The meeting will take place next Monday at the Commission's premises in Brussels. It will gather together international donors, representatives from Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad and Nigeria, as well as international and local organisations. Among the delegates will be Valerie Amos, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Nancy Lindborg, the Assistant Administrator for Democracy at USAID.

The meeting could not be timelier or more important given that communities in the Sahel are set to enter the peak of the food crisis, and discussions on resilience and breaking the cycle of drought are gathering pace.

The opening statements and the conclusions of the meeting will be web-streamed on Monday through this link.