Just a decade ago, one could walk into a primary school classroom in Burkina Faso and see only a few girls sitting alongside 50 or 60 boys. Girls rarely attended middle school, let alone finished high school.
Through its five-year, $480.9 million compact with Burkina Faso, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, USAID and other partners are working together to find solutions to this problem.
Fund will Spur Investment in African Agriculture Infrastructure
For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 9, 2013
USAID Press Office
As part of USAID’s ongoing humanitarian efforts in the Sahel, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) Director and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) Deputy Director, joined by Washington, D.C. and field-based staff, recently traveled to Niger and Senegal to evaluate relief needs, visit USAID-funded programs, and coordinate response efforts.
· As early warning signs of the food insecurity crisis in the Sahel emerged, USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (USAID/DCHA) mobilized resources to provide targeted assistance to populations in need. Early analysis of the food security situation through on-the-ground assessments and close coordination with partner organizations enabled USAID/DCHA to undertake early, direct action. In October 2011, USAID/DCHA identified food security needs and began allocating funds to partners operating in the region.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today expressed its appreciation for more than US$100 million from the United States government. The donation, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, will provide urgently needed food assistance to millions of people suffering from the impact of a severe drought in the Sahel region of West Africa.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Due to erratic rainfall, high food prices, and localized dry spells in 2011, areas of West Africa’s Sahel region will likely experience acute food insecurity in 2012. According to the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), localized areas are expected to reach Acute Food Insecurity and Livelihood Crisis—Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) 31—in 2012, particularly from April to September.