The South African government has announced on March 21 st it will offer urgent humanitarian aid to four core countries of the Sahel region.
The South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana- Mashabanemade the announcement during the ministerial meeting of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) which took place in Bamako, Mali, on Tuesday.
The four countries, which include Mali, Niger, Mauritania and Chad, have been plagued by humanitarian crises. Their challenges have been aggravated by new developments, such as the influx of displaced persons and the increase in international organized crime.
South Africa will provide Niger with foodgrain, millet and sorghum and nutritional provisions for children and pregnant women, to cater for approximately 22,000 people.
The country will also provide 11,000 tons of animal feed for cattle and goats, 9 million doses of PPR vaccine for livestock, 877 tons of fertilizer, 5,000 litres of bio-pesticides, and 12,000 protection kits for workers applying pesticides.
In Mali, South Africa will provide 45,886 tons of millet and sorghum, dry seeds and potato seeds before the upcoming planting season, and nutritional care for babies aged 6 to 59 months, as well as children suffering from acute malnutrition.
South Africa is in consultation with Chad and Mauritania to assess their emergency humanitarian requirements./.