Your support can make a real difference
More than 18 million people in Sahel are facing a food crisis following erratic rains that have caused poor food harvests and water shortages.
Oxfam is gearing up our response: we hope to reach 1.2 million people across Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal with humanitarian aid.
But we need to act now to avoid a disaster
The response should not stop at meeting emergency needs; it needs also to tackle the underlying causes of crises like this to prevent them recurring.
By investing more in longer-term interventions to reduce the people’s vulnerability to external shocks, we can work to break the hunger cycle in the Sahel.
Do you still think being late this time is a good idea?
Say yes to action!
A high level meeting on the Sahel food crisis was recently held in Brussels. Governments from around the world, including from the region affected, made commitments to breaking the hunger cycle.
But more urgently needs to be done. Many governments have not given their fair share towards this crisis to meet immediate needs, help people recover and invest in long-term solutions so that the people of the Sahel are less vulnerable to droughts in the future.
Tell governments to act now to break the cycle of hunger.
What you can do
1) We need governments to act now to break the cycle of hunger.
Sign the Avaaz petition targeting world leaders to fund the UN humanitarian appeal for the Sahel. Help us get to 1 million signatures.
2) Share the Sahel2012.org video!
We handed over the petition to Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, during a meeting in Brussels, to show the growing call from people around the world for a better response to the crisis. We hope that it will soon reach one million, at which point it will be delivered to key decision makers.