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 and scaled up its response.
Due to poor and erratic rains in 2011, the harvest was lower than previous years and there was a lack of fodder for livestock. Malnutrition in many areas is approaching or exceeding emergency levels and rising prices of food and basic necessities is making it difficult for millions families to cope.
Clare Sayce, Emergency Response Manager talks about the situation:
CARE's emergency response:
In Chad CARE provided food to young children and their mothers, and rehabilitate 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 loans groups to develop community vegetable gardens - increasing resilience
- Provided urgent assistance to Malian people who fled fighting in Mali and sought refuge in Niger
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