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Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) West Africa (ECHO/-WF/BUD/2016/91000) Last update: 07/06/2016, Version 4

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The present Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) was prepared on the basis of financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2016/01000 (Worldwide Decision) and the related General Guidelines for Operational Priorities on Humanitarian Aid (Operational Priorities). The purpose of the HIP and its annex is to serve as a communication tool for ECHO's partners and to assist in the preparation of their proposals. The provisions of the Worldwide Decision and the General Conditions of the Agreement with the European Commission shall take precedence over the provisions in this document.

0 . MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP

Third modification as of 07/06/2016 Despite a reasonably good agricultural harvest, according to the latest figure of the Cadre Harmonisé, 9.5 million people are expected to face a food crisis in the Sahel/West Africa region during the upcoming lean season (starting in June). This is a very significant increase in the population currently facing a food crisis, i.e. 6.7 million. In addition, 5.9 million children under five suffer from Global Acute Malnutrition and 1.9 million from Severe Acute Malnutrition. This constitutes an increase of 28% and 14% respectively as compared to last year. In total, 24 areas in four countries are in food crisis (i.e. phase 3 or 4).

Food and nutrition insecurity is further aggravated in areas suffering from conflict, in particular in North Mali and the Lake Chad region, including Niger.

The deteriorating food and nutrition situation is taking place against the background of serious underfunding of the humanitarian response. The UN Sahel Response Plan is only 11% funded (out of the total USD 339 million requested for this year). The initial amount for 2016 of the DG ECHO HIP West Africa was only 54% of the allocation for 2015.

In view of the above, EUR 9.5 million was allocated from the Operational Reserve to provide emergency food and nutrition assistance and facilitate its delivery to the most vulnerable populations facing food crisis in Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Mauritania, as well as to help address Severe Acute Malnutrition, notably by contributing to the Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food pipeline in the region. This amount is to be added to the HIP 2016.