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Sahel: Politics and Government

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL12432, tabled on 21 January 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits to the rural populations of the Sahel of planting acorn varieties with regard to reducing (1) internal violence, (2) external migration and (3) desertification, and what plans they have to publicise any such benefits.

Answered on

4 February 2021

The UK Government is committed to tackling the root causes of fragility in the Sahel, including through supporting families affected by food insecurity with humanitarian aid (we are the 4th largest humanitarian donor in the region). Through the FCDO's charity appeal, UKAID match, we also support a project in Mali that helps women to grow trees, providing food and an income for households.

The UK Government has not made an assessment of the benefits of planting different acorn varieties for rural populations in the Sahel.