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Sahel's chronic hunger crisis demands long-term solutions

"The Sahel crisis is about much more than rain, or lack of it. Yes, in the years when the rains fail more people are pushed into hunger, but the NGO message is that this is something that will take years to fix...'One good harvest doesn't lead automatically to self-sufficiency in food production,' says Mamadou Diop from Action Against Hunger, ACF International in Bamako.

Mali: Struggling to Deliver Aid to Rebel-Held North

"Sparse rainfall in 2011 triggered food alerts for Mali which went out well before the start of the rebellion in the north in January, and the coup d'état in Bamako in March.

MALI: Malnutrition - Worrying in north, rising in south

"...The UN World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that 1.7 million Malians are at risk of severe hunger this year due to drought, high food prices, poor terms of trade for animals, and conflict-driven insecurity. Malnutrition rates are sharpened by these factors, but they are always unacceptably high in Mali.

Sahel Crisis Crescendos: 18 Million People Now Face Life-Threatening Food Shortages

When a crisis as complicated and deep-rooted as the one in Africa’s Sahel region hits, getting a sense of the size and scope of it can be daunting. That’s why we want to share the latest information on what’s going on at the country and regional levels.

A Silent Crisis In Northern Mali As Food Shortages Worsened By Political Stalemate

"While all eyes are on the ongoing political stalemate in Bamako, and the growing radicalism of groups such as Ansar Dine, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and MUJAO (Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa) in the north of Mali, it’s easy to forget that 1.3 million Malians are facing drastic food shortages this year... The malnutrition figures are striking, and could potentially be worse than in other parts of the Sahel.

Fighting Turns Food Crisis Into Humanitarian Catastrophe: What We Can Do

The text below is an excerpt from a blog post that is part of a series organized by The Huffington Post and the NGO alliance InterAction to call attention to the crisis in the Sahel, a region in sub-Saharan Africa where more than 18 million people face starvation and 1.1 million children under the age of 5 are at risk of dying from acute malnutrition.

Mali: A Silent Crisis in North As Food Shortages Worsened By Political Stalemate

"While all eyes are on the ongoing political stalemate in Bamako, and the growing radicalism of groups such as Ansar Dine, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and MUJAO (Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa) in the north of Mali, it's easy to forget that 1.3 million Malians are facing drastic food shortages this year.

U.S. increases food assistance to Africa’s Sahel region

"A protracted drought in the Sahel region of Africa is causing a food crisis that could leave up to 17 million people, and 1 million children, hungry this summer. In response, the U.S. Agency for International Development will provide $81 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the region, the agency announced Thursday...Millions are threatened by famine this year in Sahel, according to the NGO Action Against Hunger." 

UN appeals for sharp increase in funding as Mali crisis deepens

"Twenty-nine metric tonnes of Plumpy'Sup (a food supplement for the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition) have been sent to Gao to assist 3,500 children facing malnutrition – this assistance is being given through Action Against Hunger, one of the few aid agencies still operating in the town. AAH staff say about 100 children are in hospital in Gao, and around 21% of children are suffering from severe malnutrition.

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About Action Against Hunger | ACF International

Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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