An overview of the Sahel Humanitarian Response Plan 2014-1016
Sahel Hunger Crisis
Food Crisis in the Sahel Region of West Africa
Drought, erratic rains, failed crops, soaring food prices and regional instabilities have left more than 20 million people at risk of food insecurity in the Sahel region.
5 Million children are at risk for hunger
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What's happening in the Sahel?
February 19, 2014: According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, 18.7 million people in the Sahel region faced an extreme food crisis in 2012. The worst of the crisis was averted, but 20 million people in the region are still at risk of food insecurity today and 2.5 million of them need immediate lifesaving food assistance. An estimated 5 million children younger than 5 will suffer from malnutrion in 2014.
The ongoing food crisis in the Sahel region has been complicated by violence in Mali, which in turn has sent refugees fleeing the conflict into neighboring countries. More than 1 million people have fled from their homes in the Sahel and are now refugees or displaced within their own countries.
Compounding existing food insecurity, the recent combination of erratic rains, failed crops, soaring food prices and regional instability has left millions of people hungry. The recurrence of this food crisis has eroded the region's resilience and coping abilities and has devastated residents of the Sahel region who already suffered from chronic poverty before. Many never recovered from the 2012 food crisis and are unable to withstand another blow to their livelihoods.
The situation is most dire and continues to deteriorate in Mali due to conflict. In Mali alone, estimates report that about 3.5 million people are affected by food insecurity, including 660,000 children under 5. Neighboring countries such as Niger and Chad are now faced with an influx of refugees from Mali and little resources to support them. In addition to food insecurity, diseases such as cholera and measles remain a constant risk. Floods and locust infestations continue to hinder successful food production.
The late arrival of rains, the low availability of cereal stocks in households, poor harvests and the failure of markets to function properly mean that people have not been able to recover since last year's hungry season. As a result, this year's food stocks are predicted to run out early. CARE is continuing to respond in Chad, Mali and Niger with both immediate relief and long-term solutions.
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