Dutch Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen. Photo by: Sebastiaan ter Burg / CC BY-SA

The Dutch government has pledged additional emergency assistance for the Sahel.

Ben Knapen, the Netherland’s minister for European affairs and international cooperation, announced Wednesday (Aug. 15) €4 million ($4.9 million) in new funding to provide emergency food aid to the region. The money will be channeled to the U.N. World Food Program, according to a press release.

The additional aid brings the Netherlands’ total contribution to the Sahel food crisis to €14 million, and reflects the country’s increased focus on advancing food security. Part of the money will be used to deliver “structural solutions to improve food security in the region.”

The United Nation has requested $1.6 billion for the region, but the appeal is only 53 percent funded, according to data published Aug. 17 on the Financial Tracking Service.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.