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International Development written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Tony Cunningham Tony Cunningham Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department plans to fund resilience building projects in the Sahel.

Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell The Secretary of State for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) is currently providing urgent humanitarian aid to 1.6 million men, women and children across the Sahel region of West Africa.

We are also keen to do what we can to protect people from future food crises. To do so, we are improving resilience in the Sahel through social protection programmes and livelihoods support. As co-chair of the Political Champions Group on Resilience, I have been driving international discussions on improving resilience in West Africa and elsewhere.

Firstly, we will work through multilateral partners— the World Bank, United Nations and European Commission—to ensure that their investments in the region support the development and expansion of social safety net programmes. Secondly, the UK is funding the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), which is promoting agricultural-led economic growth to reduce poverty. A number of Sahelian countries have prepared investment plans for CAADP. Thirdly, DFID is a major funder of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR), which includes Niger as one of its priority countries. PPCR, which is managed by the World Bank, is supporting a $63 million programme in Niger to improve the resilience of the populations and production systems to climate change and variability, which in turn should improve national food security.

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