European Commission Requests More Funds for Sahel, Sudan Crisis Response

Food sack given by the European Union and World Food Program. The European Commission is asking for 40 million euros to help address the food crisis in Sudan and Sahel. Photo by: Malini Morzaria / ECHO

The European Commission is requesting to draw 40 million euros (USD53 million) from the European Union’s Emergency Aid Reserve. Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva said the funds will be used to help address the worsening food crisis in Sudan and the Sahel region.

Of the proposed sum, 30 million euros will be given to Sahel while 10 million euros will be allocated for Sudan. The funds will be used primarily to provide emergency food assistance to more than 500,000 additional beneficiaries in both areas until October.

The European Commission has been providing humanitarian support to Sudan and the Sahel region since the end of 2009.

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