Funding boost for Sahel’s drought-stricken farmers and herders

Funding boost for Sahel’s drought-stricken farmers and herders

Photo: FAO/Sonia Nguyen
Photo: FAO/Sonia Nguyen

A near $10 million aid boost has been given to the Sahel’s drought-stricken farmers and herders, thanks to Sweden, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced.

More than 4 million people in the region face increasing hardship following dry spells last year that hit crop production and livestock, according to FAO.

The agency warns that families’ food stores are “emptying fast” while herders are “in desperate search” of fodder for their animals.

Burkina Faso and Mali are two of the hardest-hit countries in the region, but the aid will provide help to vulnerable communities until 2020 so “they can get back on their feet”, FAO said in a statement.

The agency’s Angela Hinrichs has been speaking to Daniel Johnson.

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