West Africa food crisis
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In the spring and summer of 2012 a food and nutritional crisis unfolded in the Sahel belt of north-west Africa, affecting millions of people.
CARE had been monitoring the situation since October 2011 – when, due to poor and erratic rains, the harvest was lower than previous years and there was a lack of fodder for livestock. We were ready to scale up our response when malnutrition in many areas began approaching or exceeding emergency levels, and rising prices of food and basic necessities were making it difficult for millions families to cope.
In Chad, CARE provided food to young children and their mothers, and rehabilitated wells so that families have access to clean water.
In Mali, CARE worked to meet the urgent needs of 30,000 households affected by food insecurity and displacement due to conflict.
In Niger, CARE:
- provided cash-for-work to help 6,000 families buy food
- trained nurses on malnutrition
- assisted community cereal banks so families can buy food at reasonable prices
- worked with women’s savings and loan groups to develop community vegetable gardens – both providing food and increasing long-term food security
- provided urgent assistance to Malian people who fled fighting in Mali and sought refuge in Niger
Niger: The faces of the food crisis, up closeThe food crisis in the Sahel has several causes but one result: people don’t have enough to eat....