Adjitti Mahamat works in an Oxfam market garden in the Guera region of Chad, affected by drought. She eats the vegetables from this garden or sell them to essentially buy millet. She talks about how difficult it is to live with so little food.
Louki is a pastoralist in Bahr el Gazal, Chad. He explains that the bad quality of water from non renovated wells causes intestinal worms and mouth ulcers to his camels: they die within 10 days.
Vaccination scheme helps many people who rely on their animals in the Guera region of Chad to earn a living. In Chad, 13 out of 22 regions could be affected by this food crisis: some 2.4 million people don't have always enough to eat.
Senegalese singer Baaba Maal has visited Mauritanian communities at the center of the current food crisis in the Sahel, to call attention to the humanitarian need there.
Some 13 million people are at severe risk from a food crisis which is set to escalate into a full scale humanitarian emergency in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa if urgent action is not taken.
Estimates of people in need of assistance in the Sahel increases to over 11 million people, as agency warns humanitarian efforts need to be stepped up in the coming weeks.
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.
On the eve of the 2012 African Cup of Nations, more than 25 footballers have spoken out in solidarity with millions of people facing hunger across their region.