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2012 Sahel Crisis

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.

Talk point: the Sahel hunger crisis and global food security

"A year on from the UN declaration of famine in Somalia, with a hunger summit planned for London this August, and continued unease over high and volatile food prices, we want to know what you think: why are hungerand food insecurity still such global problems,

WEST AFRICA: Cholera - what's working?

"The cyclical nature of cholera and the fact that immunity builds after large-scale epidemics are some of the reasons for this year’s lower caseload, said practitioners...All responding agencies, including MSF, stressed that the vaccine is not a standalone solution and should be seen as a supplementary activity. 'We put a lot of effort into all the strategies at once,' Ciglenecki told IRIN, referring to the need to raise awareness of public hygiene, targeting cholera hot spots, setting up early warning systems, and treating water.

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.

18 million people at risk of hunger in Sahel - EU

"The European Union on Monday made another 40 million euros (51 million dollars) in humanitarian aid available to West Africa's Sahel region, warning that 18 million people are at risk of hunger as a food crisis in the area reaches its peak.

The extra funds, which bring to 337 million euros the amount that the EU has given to counter the crisis, will be used to feed children and distribute food to those most in need, according to the EU's executive, the European Commission.

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.

Mauritania’s parched earth

"I traveled to Mauritania with...Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre [Action Against Hunger], which has been warning about the food crisis since the beginning of the year after poor rainfall in 2011. According to their estimates, a full third of the country’s population, amounting to around a million people, are at risk of suffering from malnutrition if rain doesn’t fall by July..."

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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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