Sahel — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:30 am on 9th February 2012.

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Photo of Lord Avebury Lord Avebury Liberal Democrat 11:30 am, 9th February 2012

My Lords, what response has there been to the appeal by the International Development Secretary to take steps in addition to those that have already been taken by the Government of this country and by the European Union to avert the possibility that 6.8 million people in the Sahel may starve? Are any steps being taken by the international community to bring to an end the conflict in northern Mali that has led to the displacement of some 50,000 people in an area where, according to the ICRC, there is a threat of a major crisis of food availability after a very poor rainy season?