Food Crisis in Sahel - Updates

30 March 2012
Growing insecurity in Mali and northern Nigeria is disrupting the supply of food to communities suffering from a major food crisis affecting 13 million people in West Africa, said international aid agency Oxfam today.
Malians in a refugee cam, Nema, Mauritania. Photo: Xavier Codony/Oxfam
21 March 2012
Half moon shaped irrigation channels help preserve water when it next rains. And by building them, Nigerien families earn an income to get through the hungry months until then.
People building half-moon structures on bare soil.
13 March 2012
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.
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13 March 2012
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.
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13 March 2012
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.
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12 March 2012
Humanitarian actors are concerned by the early depletion of food reserves of many Nigerien families and warn of the risk of aggravation of the food and nutrition crisis if the aid response is not rapidly reinforced.
9 March 2012
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.
Goats being rounded up for a vaccination program, Chad. Photo: Andy Hall/Oxfam
9 March 2012
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.
Louki Abdraman has lost most of his camels, in Chad. Photo: Andy Hall/Oxfam
20 February 2012
Musician Baaba Maal visited Mauritania where a food crisis now affects one in four people across the country. Oxfam is calling for urgent interventions to avoid the worst over the coming months, as well as long-term investments to strengthen the resilience of populations.
Baaba Maal sees the West Africa food crisis firsthand. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam