More than 18m people in Niger, Mauritania, Mali, Chad & Burkina Faso face struggle for food
The Disasters Emergency Committee is extremely concerned about the worsening food crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa. There are more than 18 million people under threat in arid areas of Mauritania, Niger, Mali, Chad and Burkina Faso. Erratic rainfall has contributed to a lack of grazing for animals and below average harvests in some areas. This in turn has resulted in unseasonably high market prices for grain, putting staple foods increasingly out of reach for many people.