Millions of people across West Africa could face a serious food crisis in coming weeks.
Early warning systems suggest that poor rains, a decrease in harvests and an increase in food prices could drive people in Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso into a food crisis this year.
Reports suggest six million people in Niger and 2.9 million people in Mali live in vulnerable areas, while in Mauritania 700,000 people – over one-quarter of the population – could face severe food insecurity. In Burkina Faso and Chad, millions of people could be affected.
The Sahel region of West Africa last experienced a major food crisis in 2010, which affected ten million people. These people need help now to build their resilience before next year. Acting early could make a huge difference.”
Created 31 Jan 2012