accessibility & help

How we helped

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has been working in west Africa for many years. Follwoing recurrant food crises in 2005 and 2010 the cumulative effects of drought, conflicts, cholera outbreaks, desert locust infestations and flooding left millions of families unable to buy enough food to survive, leading to hunger, malnitriition and ill-health in 2012. The British Red Cross launched its West Africal Food Crisis Appeal on 16 March 2012 to help Red Cross National Sociaties in Burkina Faso, Chad, Gambia, Mali, Niger and Senegal support communities in need.

What we did

We contributed £200,000 towards the Movement’s emergency work in Burkina Faso and Senegal during the height of the food crisis which helped:

  • provide food, water, food-vouchers and cash to help affected households
  • teach people about cooking, nutrition and food hygiene
  • set up community gardens for people to grow food
  • provide people with agricultural seeds, fertilisers and farm tools
  • repair and restore wells and water pumps
  • teach people about conservation and farming techniques
  • run cash-for-work programmes.

In Burkina Faso, British Red Cross funding – made up of money from our public appeal and from our Disaster fund – also provided around 14,000 food vouchers for more than 21,900 people in the Nord region..

We provided £125,000 to support food distribution in the copnflict-affected areas of Mali and Niger reaching hundreds of thousand sof people in July and August 2012 with rice, wheat meal and cooking oil. 

We also gave £250,000 to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to support their work in the conflict-affected areas of Mali and Niger. This money provided essential household items – tarpaulins, blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, clothing, hygiene kits, buckets and kitchen sets – to more than 11,600 people.

In February 2013, the remaineder of the public appeal funds, totalling £26,500 went towards helping people affected by both limited access to food and the conflict.

The West Africa Food Crisis Appeal is now closed. Donate to our Disaster Fund to help us respond to future crises.

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