The humanitarian situation in the Sahel is worsening: up to 16 million people in Burkina Faso, Mali and the Niger could be at risk of starvation in the coming months. At a donor conference today (20 October), Foreign Minister Maas pledged 100 million euro in support.
With droughts, terrorist attacks and abject poverty, 12.6 million people in the Sahel countries of Mali, Burkina Faso and the Niger are dependent on humanitarian aid. Germany is supporting a project of the Workers’ Samaritan Federation that transforms barren desert areas into fertile pasture land.
Foreign Minister Maas is visiting Burkina Faso as part of his trip to West Africa. On his trip, he intends to emphasise the fact that Germany is a reliable partner in the area of crisis prevention.
During his visit to Sierra Leone, Foreign Minister Maas intends to pledge further support for the country on its path to stability.
Bacteria and viruses do not stop at frontiers: Germany is helping the G5 countries Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, the Niger and Chad mitigate biological risks across borders.
The Federal Foreign Office is supporting the preservation of traditional blacksmithing skills in the villages of Paradé and Ouri in rural Burkina Faso with funding from its Cultural Preservation Programme.