Sahel Crisis leaves millions on the brink of hunger

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Sahel Crisis leaves millions on the brink of hunger

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  • What: Press conference at the 43rd IFAD Governing Council
  • When: 11 February 2020
  • Where: Sheikh Zayed Centre, FAO headquarters, Rome
  • Time: 11 a.m. Following the opening ceremony

With increased conflict in Mali over the last few days, more farmers are abandoning their fields and millions face hunger. It is against this backdrop of a rapidly escalating crisis across the Sahel that Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, President of the Republic of Mali will address journalists immediately following the opening of the International Fund for Agricultural Development  (IFAD) annual meeting of Member States on 11 February.

The Sahel region has been a frontline in the war against Islamist militancy for almost a decade. This has been further exacerbated by violent conflicts between herders and pastoralists who fight over precious resources limited by climate change. As the population in the region is set to double over the next 20 years, growing enough food for everyone will become increasingly difficult.

To address these issues and the role long-term development can play in addressing them, the President of Mali will be joined by Dominik Ziller, Director-General International Development Policy, German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and Gilbert F. Houngbo, IFAD President.

Read the full agenda and follow the webcast for all events here.

This year, the IFAD Governing Council meeting and media accreditation will take place at FAO headquarters in Rome, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla. Journalists need to specify for which days they wish to receive accreditation: the 11/02, the 12/02 or for both days. Journalists with camera equipment are requested to arrive no later than 07:45 to ensure access.

Please send:

  • a copy of a valid press card or letter of assignment on company stationery;
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  • email to and include "Press Accreditation" in the subject line.

Please have all ID materials with you to gain access to FAO premises.

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