Averting the Unfolding Historic Food Crisis in the Sahel

The upcoming lean season in West Africa and the Sahel is set to be catastrophic, with a dramatic increase from 29 million people just last year to 35 million people in need of urgent food and nutrition assistance in 2022, tripling estimates from merely four years ago for people facing crisis or worse situations.

In this region characterized by chronic poverty, fragile weak access to basic social services - in particular health and water and sanitation - compounded by the effects of COVID-19 and climate change leading notably to poor harvests, pressure on resources and high food prices, exacerbates the hunger crisis. The expansion and intensification of armed conflict and and insecurity in the Sahel - continues to provoke unprecedented levels of forced displacement and constrains movement, further disrupting access to livelihoods, transhumance, farming, trade, and similar activities.