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.
Millions of the world’s poorest people will face devastation from today’s rocketing food prices because the global food system is fatally flawed and policy-makers can’t find the courage to fix it. Developing countries are bracing themselves for the worst.
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.
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.
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.