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)
Due to the ongoing crisis in the Lake Chad Basin, Chad is now the seventh largest refugee-hosting country in the world with over 750,000 displaced persons, the majority of whom are refugees or Chadian returnees who fled from the Central African Republic, Libya, Nigeria, and Sudan. At the end of August, the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel called on the international community to ramp up its support in response to the multi-faceted humanitarian challenges affecting the country. (OCHA, 27 Aug 2015)
As of 20 November 2015, the Strategic Response Plan for the Sahel was 41% funded. (OCHA, 20 Nov 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
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso | AFP | jeudi 26/11/2015 - 18:06 GMT
Environ 25.000 membres des forces de sécurité sont déployés dans le pays pour assurer la sécurité du scrutin présidentiel de dimanche au Burkina Faso pour prévenir tout risque d'attentat, a affirmé jeudi à l'AFP le ministre délégué à la Sécurité Alain Zagré.
Le Burkina Faso, pays sahélien de 20 millions d'habitants, a une longue frontière commune avec le Mali où a eu lieu l'attaque meurtrière contre l'hôtel Radisson Blu à Bamako le 20 novembre.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso | Thursday 11/26/2015 - 10:53 GMT
by Romaric Ollo HIEN
After a rocky year that saw Burkina's people successively rise up to oust a longtime leader and then repel a military coup, the West African nation votes for a new president in a poll Sunday seen as ushering in a new era.
"We will ensure that true democracy is consolidated in Burkina Faso," interim leader Michel Kafando said last month as the nation of 20 million people geared up to elect a new leader for the first time in almost three decades.
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR MAY 2016
7566th Meeting (AM)
Citing accelerating terrorist attacks, spikes in displacement and increasingly grave humanitarian challenges, the top United Nations official for the Sahel told the Security Council today that the international community must address the root causes of such threats to prevent further deterioration in the region.
Début novembre, la tendance générale de l’évolution des prix des céréales est à la baisse dans les 3 pays, notamment pour les céréales sèches.
Syntèse par pays
Dans le cadre de son programme de cantines scolaires au Burkina Faso, le PAM distribue du yaourt produit localement pour enrichir les repas des élèves, fournissant ainsi un marché aux petits producteurs vulnérables, et partant un revenu supplémentaire.
Enhance food security, economic growth, resilience, and poverty reduction in West Africa through an integrated common market
Life of Program:
5/2015 – 5/2020
Total USAID Funding:
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
Mixed migration trend report for october 2015 covering mixed migration events in: ALGERIA,EGYPT, ETHIOPIA, LIBYA, MALI, MOROCCO, NIGER, SUDAN, TUNISIA, GREECE AND ITALY.
MHub works on behalf of the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force consisting of DRC, IOM, OHCHR, RMMS and UNHCR. It promotes a human rights-based approach to ensuring the protection of people moving in mixed and complex flows to, through and from North Africa.
In the past decade, chronic food insecurity and malnutrition, cyclical drought, locust infestations, seasonal floods, disease outbreaks, and recurrent complex emergencies have presented major challenges to vulnerable populations in the West Africa region.
In 2015, UNICEF continued to support 34,023 Malian refugees, including 20,893 children, to access education, WASH, health, nutrition and child protection services in and around two refugee camps in the Sahel region (Goudebou and Mentao).
2015 FUNDING OUTLOOK
"We are raising as much, or more, as we’ve ever raised. Our traditional donors are as generous as ever.
It’s that the number of crises is outpacing the generosity. We need those who have given to us to give more. And we need more donors to support the gap.” WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, speaking in August 2015 to Philanthropy Age magazine.
Summary of WFP assistance: In Burkina Faso, WFP’s operations aim to increase food security and nutrition as well as national capacities. Through the regional emergency operation, Malian refugees receive food and nutrition assistance.
Au Burkina Faso, les organisations paysannes mettent en pratique depuis quelques années le warrantage paysan. Les paysans et paysannes stockent une partie de leurs récoltes et les utilisent comme garantie pour accéder aux crédits collectifs octroyés par les institutions de micro-finances.