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30 Dec 2011 description

Food Insecurity in the Sahel: Localized IPC Phase 3-Crisis likely after March 2012

  • FEWS NET analysis shows that acute food insecurity in West Africa will reach IPC Phase 3: Crisis level between March and August 2012 in agropastoral areas of Mauritania, Mali,
    Niger, and Chad. The extent and severity of the expected food security conditions are not atypical for any recent year in the region, except for Mali.

29 Dec 2011 description

29 December 2011, Dakar/Geneva.- Over one million Mauritanians could face a severe food crisis in the coming months, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has warned.
The IFRC has launched an emergency appeal for CHF 2,131,749 Swiss francs to put in place early measures to mitigate the effects of a severe food and nutrition crisis threatening Mauritania.

29 Dec 2011 description


• En novembre 2011 les prix moyens des céréales locales et de l’arachide demeurent toujours élevés par rapport à l’année passée (entre 19% et 55%), même s’ils ont accusé de légères baisses par rapport au mois d’octobre 2011. Ceci est expliqué par la diminution des quantités récoltées cette année par rapport à l’année précédente, et donc par une diminution de l’offre en céréales et en légumineuses locales. Cela constitue une préoccupation pour la sécurité alimentaire surtout au vue de la dépendance des marchés des populations ruraux.

29 Dec 2011 description

Faits majeurs:

  1. Faute de mil, les villageois de Mogheur (Tahoua) se contenteraient de son P.3

  2. La récupération des terres se féminise à Tahoua ; les hommes repartiraient à l’étranger P.3

  3. Les contributions au CAP Niger 2012 progressent de 3 à 7% P.6

29 Dec 2011 description

Millet-sorghum harvests currently in process will end early (in December, rather than January, as is typical in West Africa) due not only to rainfall deficits, but also to grasshopper and grain-eating bird attacks on gadiaba sorghum. These late-season attacks further worsened cereal production below the low level predicted in November. In the central Niger Delta, where irrigation of areas of submerged rice was already poor (20-30 percent of area planted), we also expect an early recession of water during while crop development is delayed, due to the late and weak flooding.

28 Dec 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

Par Priyanka Pruthi

NEW YORK, États-Unis, 27 décembre 2011 - Alors même que le combat contre la faim continue dans la Corne de l'Afrique durement frappée par la sécheresse, une autre crise s'installe dans huit pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest.

VIDÉO (en anglais) : le reportage de la correspondante de l'UNICEF, Priyanka Pruthi sur la crise grandissante dans la région du Sahel en Afrique, où plus d'un million d'enfants sont menacés par une malnutrition sévère.

28 Dec 2011 description


Over five hundred thousand people are food insecure in Senegal. The north-east and central areas of Senegal are most affected by the poor rainy season and resulting drought. According to joint assessment conducted by the National Council of Rural Executives (CNCR), FAO, WFP, the SRCS and NGOs, 21 departments in 7 regions have been severely affected and need immediate food assistance and support. They include the regions of Kaffrine, Kedougou, Tambacounda, Louga, Linguère, Saint Louis and Matam.

28 Dec 2011 description
report Caritas

La menace d’une grave crise alimentaire se fait jour dans plusieurs pays du Sahel. Caritas Internationalis, le réseau mondial des Caritas, auquel appartient le Secours Catholique, est en alerte et prépare un appel à la solidarité de ses membres.

28 Dec 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Priyanka Pruthi

NEW YORK, USA, 27 December 2011 – Even as the battle against hunger continues in the drought-hit Horn of Africa, another crisis has begun to unfold in eight countries across West Africa.

VIDEO: UNICEF correspondent Priyanka Pruthi reports on the growing crisis in Africa's Sahel region, where more than a million children are at risk of becoming severely malnourished.

24 Dec 2011 description

NIAMEY — More than half of Niger's farming villages face food shortages in the next few months after poor harvests, Agriculture Minister Oua Seydou told parliament Saturday.

Residents of 6,981 villages, or 58 percent of the total, could have trouble feeding themselves after a 27 percent fall in grain production over last year.

At 3.8 million tonnes, the harvest was also 11 percent down on the average for the past five years, he said.

23 Dec 2011 description

L’insécurité alimentaire au Sahel: IPC Phase 3-Crise vraisemblable localement après mars 2012

  • L’analyse de FEWS NET démontre que l’insécurité alimentaire aiguë en Afrique de l’ouest atteindra IPC Phase 3 : Crise entre mars et août 2012 environ. La sévérité et l’ampleur de cette Crise est typique dans la région, sauf au Mali.

23 Dec 2011 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 23 December 2011 (IRIN) - While severely high food prices and lower-than-average cereal outputs are already forcing some vulnerable Sahelians into distress responses, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) food security website FEWSNET says messaging on the situation needs to be more nuanced.

It says the links between cereal production and malnutrition have been exaggerated, the complexities of regional market conditions inadequately conveyed, and the need for long-term structural solutions under-emphasized.

22 Dec 2011 description

Par Irene Peiro, Croix-Rouge espagnole

Houleye, Oggeinaba et Oumoann sont mères d’enfants malnutris, un problème endémique en Mauritanie, qui s’est accentué cette année à cause du déficit pluviométrique qui a eu des effets dévastateurs sur les récoltes et l’élevage.

22 Dec 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 22 December 2011 – “An estimated one million young children in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa are in danger of becoming severely malnourished in 2012 if the global community does not take action.

“Eight countries across the Sahelian belt are part of this crisis for children. Inadequate rain and poor harvests mean that the ‘lean season’ – when food from the last harvest runs out – could begin in some countries as early as March, rather than as usual in June.

22 Dec 2011 description

This Preliminary Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 2,131,749 in cash, kind, or services to support the Mauritanian Red Crescent to assist 10,000 beneficiary households for one year, and will be completed by the end of 2012. A Final Report will be made available by March 2013 (three months after the end of the operation).

CHF 200,000 was allocated from the IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support this operation. Unearmarked funds to replenish DREF are encouraged.

22 Dec 2011 description
Niger + 3 others
West Africa
report Tearfund

The Sahel region of West Africa is facing a looming hunger crisis in 2012 with the UN and governments estimating that more than 12 million people in Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Chad are at risk of food insecurity.

There is a chronic food and nutrition emergency in the region and an on-going livelihoods crisis, which is only worsened by this year’s poor and erratic rains, locust infestations and high food prices.

22 Dec 2011 description
  1. Difficultés d’accès aux céréales sur certains marchés de la Région de Maradi

  2. GIZ développe des actions de prévention des conflits éleveurs/agriculteurs à Diffa

  3. Tendance à la baisse des cas de malnutrition et de paludisme à Tahoua

21 Dec 2011 description

CHF 126,768 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Red Cross Society of Niger (RCSN) in delivering immediate assistance to some 6,500 most vulnerable households in the affected villages of four regions (Tillabery, Tahoua Dosso, and Diffa), and to assess the needs of the population in the most affected areas of 6 Regions (Tillabery, Tahoua, Dosso, Diffa, Zinder and Maradi). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

20 Dec 2011 description
  1. Résumé

Le Niger a connu une crise alimentaire et nutritionnelle aiguë en 2010, suite à une campagne agro-pastorale 2009–2010 déficitaire. La mobilisation du gouvernement, appuyée par ses partenaires techniques et financiers, a permis d’apporter une réponse coordonnée à cette crise et d’éviter une catastrophe humanitaire.