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In 2012 countries across the Sahel region are once again facing a serious food crisis. This ecologically fragile region is becoming increasingly vunerable to insufficient rainfall, and fluctuating animal and food prices that are affecting millions of pastoral and agro-pastoralists across this region of Africa.

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Theses photos, taken at the end of 2011 in Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Chad, show the extent of the food crisis people are already facing. But by investing now in the ability of vulnerable populations to cope, the worst impacts of the Sahel food crisis can still be avoided.

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People wheeling jerrycans back to their house. Credit: Alun McDonald/Oxfam

Large parts of East Africa have been facing a major food crisis. Across the region Oxfam's humanitarian response has reached more than 2.8 million people.

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According to a survey carried out by Oxfam, 55% of the families in the Abou Deia region, in Chad, have had to get into debt and close to 20% have been obliged to reduce their daily intake of food, because a food crisis caused by extreme weather.

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