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FAO’s component of the 2014-2016 inter-agency Strategic Response Plan for the Sahel
Despite continuous efforts of governments and partners to fight hunger in the Sahel, the situation remains of great concern. Since January 2014, following an early start of the lean season, an increasing number of poor and very poor households with low levels or depleted food stocks will depend on markets to access food until the next harvest in August-September.
FAO's Response Plan
FAO is appealing for a total of USD 116 million for its component of the 2014-2016 Strategic Response Plan for the Sahel to assist more than 7.6 million people with immediate livelihood interventions in the region. The Organization’s three priorities are to:
- enhance Early Warning Systems, information management and coordination;
- strengthen livelihoods (sustainable agriculture, livestock and fisheries activities) and protect natural resources (smart water and soil management) to help households to better cope with future shocks; and
- restore the livelihoods of destitute farmers, agropastoralists, pastoralists and fishermen affected by the crisis (cash transfer, agricultural and livestock input provision).
With funding received (only 14 percent of the appeal), FAO was able to support over 1.2 million vulnerable people in the Sahel through the distribution of quality crop seeds and tools for the main agricultural campaign. However, resources are urgently needed as poor and very poor rural households that have limited access to agriculture and do not benefit from livelihood support will continue to depend on casual labour for income, as well as on markets in order to access food.
Without adequate funding, measures that could prevent the food security situation from worsening are delayed and the capacities of vulnerable communities to cope with repeated shocks are further decreasing. Urgent action is required to protect their scarce resources and enable them to continue to produce their own food.