Have you taken the No Hunger Hundred challenge? Learn more »

2012 Sahel Crisis

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.

Reuters Photographs of Action Against Hunger's Work in Mauritania

Reuters AlertNet has published a series of photographs by Susana Vera, depicting life in and around an Action Against Hunger food distribution center in crisis-stricken Mauritania. A full third of the country's population, amounting to around a million people, are at risk of severe malnutrition if rain doesn't fall by July, according to Action Against Hunger estimates. 

View some of Susana Vera's photographs here:

When all the men have gone

"...During seasons of hunger thousands of farming families around the world are forced to sell their beloved livestock, their only source of income, and their possessions at extremely low prices so they can afford to buy food. If that fails to provide enough money to last until the next harvest, they are forced to resort to ever more severe methods of coping.

Hunger returns to Africa, stalking 1M children

"...More than 1 million children under 5 in this wide, arid swath of Africa below the Sahara are now at risk of a food shortage so severe that it threatens their lives, UNICEF estimates... 

Hunger in this region is a lurking predator that never quite leaves, and comes back every year to pick off the weakest. Even in a non-crisis year, some 300,000 children die from lack of food across western and central Africa. All it takes is a drought and a failed harvest, and those who are now barely living on one meal a day will starve.

SENEGAL: Change of direction in hunger response

"One day after being sworn in on 2 April, Senegal’s new President Macky Sall reversed months of public denial of the hunger affecting over 800,000 of his people - part of the Sahel-wide crisis affecting 16 million inhabitants - by calling on partners to help the country get food to those in need. UN agencies and NGOs are struggling to raise enough money to get programmes working so they can catch up with the steadily rising number of hungry people...

Millions in Sahel are short on food; aid agencies scrape for cash

"Aid agencies put out an SOS on Monday, saying they have fallen far short on funding to feed people in the Sahel area of West Africa, a shortfall that could lead to millions of people starving.

Millions in the Sahel Face Food Crisis without Increased Funding

A huge gap in funding for aid projects aimed at preventing the deepening food crisis in the Sahel is threatening to leave millions of people hungry in the coming months, a coalition of aid agencies has warned today.

Chad's malnourished children offer stark illustration of Sahel food crisis

"The NGO Action Against Hunger says that, in March alone, it had 68 new admissions to its therapeutic feeding centre in Mao, a dramatic increase compared with February, when they had 27. Therapeutic feeding centres cater for those children worst affected by severe malnutrition, youngsters too sick to eat fortified nut pastes such as Plumpy'nut or Plumpy'doz. Once in the centre, the children receive fortified milk and round-the-clock medical care.

Sahel Crisis: Regional Food Emergency Intensifies in Mali, Mauritania

As the regional food crisis intensifies in Africa’s Sahel region, we’ve worked to provide you with the latest information. Most recently, we wrote about the situation on the ground in Chad, where food shortages, price hikes, and drought have put many thousands of children in danger. Indeed, one million children are at risk of severe acute malnutrition across the region.

Pages

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.

Subscribe to news and alerts or donate now »

Subscribe to RSS - 2012 Sahel Crisis