In a new report, 'Learning the Lessons', international agency Oxfam says that the aid community needs to fundamentally change the way it deals with food crises in the region and help communities to better prepare for recurring emergencies.
In early January 2012, Oxfam launched an emergency response to the 2011-2012 food crisis in order to support some of the most vulnerable people in the region. Fighting has limited humanitarian activity in northern Mali, but working with partners we continue to support communities in the north.
Poor countries will today leave the UN climate change negotiations in Doha with little more than they arrived with, because developed countries failed to take any meaningful collective action to prevent and address the most harmful impacts of climate change.
Oxfam received the support from a group of African activists, singers, writers and performers to raise awareness around the continuing food crisis that is now affecting the Sahel region. We hope to raise an additional $20 million in order to reach 1.8 million people.
Bonnie Wright, known for playing Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter movies, recently visited Senegal with us in July to see firsthand how the food crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa is affecting vulnerable communities, and to learn about what Oxfam’s doing to support them.
Last week, British actor Bonnie Wright, best known for her role in the Harry Potter films, travelled to Senegal with Oxfam to draw attention to the growing humanitarian crisis in the country and to the wider food crisis across the Sahel region of West Africa.