C(2014) 3028 final
THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,
Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,
Having regard to Council Decision 2013/759/EU of 12 December 2013regarding transitional EDF management measures from 1 January 2014 until the entry into force of the 11th European Development Fund1 ,('Bridging Facility'), and in particular Article 2 thereof,
Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 617/2007 of 14 May 2007 on the implementation of the 10th European Development Fund under the ACP-EC Partnership Agreement2 , and in particular Articles 5.4 and 8 thereof;
(1) According to the latest data from countries of the region, almost 4.1 million people require emergency food assistance immediately and it is foreseen that the number will increase up to 7.1 million from June according to current trend. In addition, about 15 million people are already facing a moderate form of food insecurity. Many of them will become severely food insecure while progressing towards the lean season if mitigation and emergency measures are not taken at scale.
(2) In the meantime, in the framework of the Sahel Strategic Response Plan (SRP),
Humanitarian Country Teams, together with Government partners, have established estimates concerning the number of people requiring emergency food assistance over 2014 which currently stands at 11.7 million people.
(3) The burden of Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) is estimated to be higher than 2013 with 5.7 million people affected by acute malnutrition (5.3 million children under five) including 1.6 million children with Severe Acute Malnutrition. This increase is mainly due to the high population growth in the region and the persistence of high GAM rates
(4) While some Governments of the region (Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Mauritania) are working on a national response plan to respond to food and nutrition crisis in their respective countries, complementary and coordinated actions from humanitarian actors will be critical to face massive number of affected households.