Sahel Hunger Crisis: CARE's Response

Sahel Hunger Crisis: CARE's Response

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Updated January 2014

CARE has conducted our emergency response operations in Chad, Mali and Niger, reaching people in these countries with immediate lifesaving assistance and long-term programs that address resilience among the most vulnerable people in the face of recurring crises by: 

  • Providing cash-for-work to help families buy food and protect their assets;
  • Training nurses on prevention and management of malnutrition;
  • Improving water and sanitation and promoting hygiene;
  • Strengthening community cereal banks so families can buy food at reasonable prices, stocking animal feed banks and reinforcing community-based early warning systems;
  • Working with women's savings and loans groups to develop alternative sources of food such as community vegetable gardens and to increase community resilience; and
  • Helping people from Mali who have fled across the border into Niger with essential household items and hygiene supplies. 

"CARE is also putting in place long-term solutions so people in the Sahel region are less vulnerable to recurring crises," explains Barbara Jackson.

CARE has worked in Chad, Mali, and Niger for almost 40 years, where we have successfully created and promoted women-led saving groups and cereal banks. In parallel to the emergency response, CARE is continuing our long-term development projects, which make people better equipped to handle future crises on their own. 

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