Sahel threatened with famine
The climate, combined with other factors, has put this region at risk of a famine; a region that is already vulnerable to drought and food insecurity.
Among the combined factors are the decline of the CFA franc; the restriction of grain exports by Nigeria; and also the return of migrants from Libya and the Côte d’Ivoire. Abroad, they were their family’s breadwinners; due to the conflict, they are returning to their home country and for many, will become a burden for their families.
Millions of people are in danger.
On Monday, December 19, the ACF launched a response plan to deal with the warning signs and to support 64,000 people.
Furthermore, Thomas Yanga, Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) for West Africa, during a press conference in early December 2011, stressed the importance for governments, aid agencies, and donors to act quickly by setting up a different response that addresses early warning sign, that attacks the root causes, and that solves chronic nutritional problems.