West Africa Food Crisis
Last year droughts, soaring food prices, locusts and conflict left almost 19 million people across West Africa vulnerable to massive food shortages. In Mali, recent conflict has worsened the situation for many communities. Thousands of children and families in these communities require support including food, healthcare and protection.
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A 30 second snapshot of the situation in West Africa
Salissou is 11, and lives in Niger - he loves his little sister more than anything in the world. This is a touching account of the reality of the crisis from his eyes.You can view the full video of Salissou's story here.
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World Vision's response
World Vision, in partnership with the UN’s World Food Programme, is providing food to affected communities, as part of its immediate response. Medium-to-long term responses in place include Disaster Risk Reduction programs such as vegetable gardening, cereal banking and community-based malnutrition programs.
For example, in Niger, village granary banks are being replenished, malnourished children are being treated, and vegetable gardens and borehole drilling are being supported. In Mali, children under the age of 5 are given additional health support, and food-for-work programmes are underway.
World Vision aims to assist 1.1 million people in Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Chad and Senegal.
The crisis is caused by a combination of factors. Across the West Africa region, underdevelopment, conflict over resources, instability, forced migration, poverty, locust attacks and climate change intersect to create an environment affecting millions. This current crisis has hit communities extremely hard because they are already vulnerable and have few coping mechanisms.
The problem is not just related to food availability but the poorer portion of the population’s ability to access any available food as they have just about exhausted all their means and coping strategies. So why do some people have difficulty accessing food?
Read Humanitarian Specialist, Tristan Clements’ analysis piece
on the West Africa Food Crisis.
Niger is the most affected country, with 6.4 million people facing food shortage risks due to a disastrous harvest season. The more vulnerable communities in Mali, Chad, Senegal and Mauritania are also feeling the affect of the crisis.
As families run out of food they do desperate things. They sell their livestock, they reduce the quantity and quality of the meals, parents leave home to look for work, children begin begging, girls and boys migrate to the cities in desperation.
Children sponsored by Australians
Please be assured that if we receive information of concern regarding sponsored children we will contact sponsors.
How you can help
Your donation to the West Africa Food Crisis Appeal
will help World Vision assist the most vulnerable communities in Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Chad and Senegal. Sponsorship makes a difference
. Children who live in communities where sponsorship is present have their nutritional status, height, weight and school attendance measured so that as soon as it looks like they are threatened World Vision can begin intervening, with donor support, to make sure children do not suffer the worst effects of the drought.