Grave concerns persist for some 20 million people in the Sahel. Recurrent conflict, erratic weather patterns, epidemics and other shocks continue to weaken the resilience of households across a region still suffering chronic levels of food insecurity and malnutrition.
An estimated 20.4 million people remain food insecure at the start of 2015. At least 2.6 million people have already crossed the crisis threshold, 70 percent of whom are in Niger, Nigeria, Mali and Chad where insecurity and poverty compound food insecurity.
Epidemics continue to demand urgent attention in 2015. Besides cholera, meningitis, Lassa and yellow fever, more recently, Ebola has been posing a serious threat to the Sahel region and has already impacted Mali, Nigeria, and Mali directly.
Beyond the chronic threats of food insecurity, malnutrition and epidemics, violent conflict in and around the Sahel region has led to a surge in population displacement. The region begins 2015 with some 2.8 million people displaced; over a million more than in early 2014. With escalating conflict in northeast Nigeria, an estimated one million people have been internally displaced. Some 150,000 Nigerian refugees have fled to neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon. The volatile security situation in northern Mali continues to have a devastating impact on civilians, hampering the return of refugees, affecting markets and preventing the full restoration of basic services. Some 133,000 Malian refugees remain in Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso and more than 80,000 Malians remain internally displaced. As in Nigeria, high levels of insecurity in northern Mali also greatly impact the ability of humanitarians to access those in need. (Sahel: A call for humanitarian aid, 12 Feb 2015)
On 10 July 2015, the Strategic Response Plan for the Sahel was 31% funded. (OCHA, 27 Jul 2015)
Appeals & Funding
- Sahel Strategic Response Plan (SRP) 2015 EN/FR
- Humanitarian Needs Overview EN/FR
- 2014-2016 Strategic Response Plans: Sahel Region EN/FR; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Chad; Gambia; Mali; Mauritania; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal
Dakar, 27 July 2015: Toby Lanzer took up his assignment as Regional Coordinator for the Sahel last week in Dakar. Mr. Lanzer succeeds Robert Piper who has held the position since March 2013.
(Dakar, 27 juillet 2015) : Toby Lanzer a pris ses fonctions de Coordonnateur Humanitaire Régional pour le Sahel la semaine passée à Dakar. M. Lanzer succède à Robert Piper qui occupait le poste depuis mars 2013.
Entre juin et août, environ 7,5 millions de personnes seront confrontées à une crise alimentaire au Sahel et en Afrique de l’Ouest
Début tardif de la saison des pluies dans certaines régions du Sahel et de l’Afrique de l’Ouest
Insécurité persistente en RCA malgré une diminution des violences
Fixation de la date des élections en RCA
Résurgence d’Ebola au Libéria
Increased rainfall unlikely to overcome deficits in Central America, Hispaniola, and parts of West Africa
Africa Weather Hazards
A slightly delayed start to the season with sporadic light rains in recent weeks has resulted in abnormal dryness for Gambia and central areas of Senegal. Dry ground conditions have led to delayed planting and have negatively impacted livestock health.
N’Djamena, Tchad, 23 juillet 2015- Conscients du rôle primordial que jouent les femmes et soucieux de leur prise en compte dans la recherche de solutions aux défis qui menacent la région du Sahel, le Gouvernement de la République du Tchad, en partenariat avec le Bureau de l’Envoyée spéciale des Nations Unies pour le Sahel, le Bureau de l’Envoyée Spéciale de la Présidente de la Commission de l’ Union Africaine pour les Femmes, la Paix et la Sécurité et ONUFEMMES ont organisé du 22 au 23 juillet à N’Djamena, Tchad, sous le patronage de la Ministre de la Femme, de l’Action Sociale et de la …
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook July 23 – 30, 2015
A delayed onset of rainfall is leading to abnormally dry conditions in Chad as well as Senegal and Gambia.
Moisture deficits worsen further in southeast Sudan, Eritrea and northwest Ethiopia with a continued lack of rainfall.
Forum régional sur le renforcement du rôle des femmes dans la mise en œuvre des stratégies et initiatives régionales et internationales pour le Sahel
Ndjamena, République du Tchad, 22-23 juillet 2015
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JANUARY 2016
Snapshot 15–21 July 2015
Iraq: More than 74,440 people have been displaced from Saqlawiyah in Falluja district since 8 July, and tens of thousands reportedly remain trapped in Falluja and Ramadi districts. There are now more than 3.1 million IDPs across 3,613 locations in Iraq; 300,000 people have been displaced from and within Anbar since military operations began in April.
From Ebola to the bombing of Gaza, civil society was the first responder to humanitarian emergencies during the last year, but faces dire threats and a funding crisis around the world, says a new report.
“During the last year civil society was everywhere, doing great work often at the frontline of the world’s challenges, but at the same time having to stave off threats to its very existence,” said Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, the CIVICUS Secretary-General on launching the organisation’s 2015 State of Civil Society Report.
The West Africa growing season of 2015 is developing under an evolving El Nino event that will peak in late 2015. Historically, this region shows significant linkages between El Nino events and seasonal rainfall deficits particularly in the more marginal areas.
The first stages of the season were marked by rainfall deficits across the entire region that have led to delays in the start of the growing season and poor conditions for early crop development.
Brussels, 17 July 2015- On 15 and 16 July, the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Sahel, Ms. Hiroute Guebre Sellassie, met in Brussels with officials of the European Union to discuss collaboration between the two entities and ways to help overcome the challenges in the Sahel.
Syntèse par pays
Niger : la tendance générale des prix est à la stabilité voire à la baisse pour les céréales sèches, sauf sur le marché d’Agadez où les prix du sorgho et du maïs sont en hausse respectivement de 10% et 9%. Les baisses ont été enregistrées : i) pour le mil à Zinder (-4%), à Dosso et Niamey (-3%), ii) pour le sorgho à Maradi et Niamey (-9%) et à Dosso (-3%) et enfin, iii) pour le maïs à Dosso (-8%) et à Niamey (-6%).
The project falls within the framework of the integrated Assistance for countering Terrorism initiative. In an endeavor to eliminate the risks of terrorism and its negative effects on the stability in the region, the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre and UNESCO join efforts towards preventive actions against terrorism in Burkina Faso, building on the achievements of the UNESCO/ECOWAS/ADB project, in particular the seminars organized in the West Africa Region.
Drought develops over Central America, dryness persists in East and West Africa
Africa Weather Hazards
A delayed onset of the rainy season, followed by poorly-distributed rainfall, has led to abnormal dryness across Burkina Faso, the central and northern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, western and southern Niger, and northern Nigeria. The lack of rainfall over the past several weeks has delayed planting and negatively affected cropping activities over many local areas.
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook July 16 – 22, 2015
Moisture increases for portions of the Senegal region; dry areas farther east show little improvement.
Moisture deficits deepen in southeast Sudan, Eritrea and northwest Ethiopia with a continued lack of rainfall.