Canada donates $41.1M to Sahel crisis response

    The current drought affects a broad swathe of countries across the Sahel region: Niger, Mauritania, Mali, Chad, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso and Cameroon. Photo by: Anne Poulsen / WFP

    Canada is the latest donor to announce emergency aid for Africa’s hunger-stricken Sahel region.

    The Canadian International Development Agency will contribute a total 41 million Canadian dollars ($41.1 million) to the World Food Program, UNICEF, International Committee of the Red Cross and various nongovernmental organizations. The funding will support these groups’ food and nutrition programs in Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and other countries in the Sahel.

    Some 10 million people across the Sahel are facing food shortages and malnutrition due to a combination of drought and erratic rainfall, high food prices, and poverty.

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      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.