Appeals & Response Plans
- Mauritania: Drought - May 2018
- West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014
- Mauritania: Floods - Sep 2013
- Sahel Crisis: 2011-2017
- Mauritania: Floods - Aug 2010
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2009
- Mauritania: Floods - Aug 2009
- Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic - Apr 2009
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2008
- Mauritania: Floods - Aug 2007
Maps & Infographics
Alaka Mint Bilal, now 86 years old, came to the town of Sangrava in southern Mauritania two years ago in search of water, food and a better environment in which to bring up her family. What she found was more of what she had hoped she had left behind. The rainy season in many parts of southern Mauritania has been providing gradually less water over recent years. This year it has failed completely.
Mariam Mint Eli is planting sorghum seeds between the cracks in the parched earth that is her field, the desperate act of one who has little expectation of harvesting anything edible but has little choice. Mariam's crops have almost completely failed this year, the result of a total lack of rain between July and September in the Affolé region of southern Mauritania. She is now attempting to sow seeds for a second time, in the face of the fact that the next rains are not due for another nine months.
Op-ed article from The Washington Post
Dry, arid land, as far as the eye can see. Just what you would expect to see in southern Mauritania, in the Sahel desert of West Africa. But not at this time of year. At this time of year the view should be of lush, knee-high, pasture, of sorghum and millet growing in fields and of grain stores full of a harvest recently gathered.
Rome, 17 December 2002 - Some 40 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are threatened by severe food shortages and a major humanitarian crisis is deepening in southern Africa, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.
ROME - The United Nations World Food Programme today officially launched the Africa Hunger Alert campaign, aimed at drawing international attention to the unprecedented hunger crisis gripping the African continent where 38 million people face starvation.
Nouakchott, 16/12/02 - Le gouvernement mauritanien a reçu lundi à l'aéroport de Nouakchott une cargaison de produits alimentaires divers, don royal aux populations mauritaniennes éprouvées par la sécheresse.
Cet arrivage est le premier lot d'une "caravane de solidarité" qui comprend également cinq camions chargés de produits alimentaires en route pour la Mauritanie.
Le don a été remis au commissaire mauritanien à la sécurité alimentaire M. Sidi Mohamed Ould Biya, par M.
This report includes:
A) Global Alert
B) Middle East Region: (1) Palestinian Territories
C) Asia Region: (1) Democratic People's Republic of Korea
D) West Africa Region: (1) Côte d'Ivoire (2) Liberia (3) Sierra Leone (4) Guinea, (5) Guinea Bissau (6) Mauritania
E) Eastern and Central Africa Region: (1) Ethiopia, (2) Somalia, (3) Eritrea, (4) Djibouti, (5) Burundi
F) Southern Africa Region: (1) Regional overview, (2) Lesotho, (3) Malawi, (4) Mozambique, (5) Zambia, (6) Zimbabwe, (7) Angola
In response to the catastrophic hunger crisis in Africa, the executives of the American humanitarian organizations engaged in food aid and the Executive Director of the United Nations' World Food Program have come together to act. Today, we launch a global campaign to assist more than 34 million people who face the very real risk of death by starvation. This crisis is compounded by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which is devastating the productive populations of many African countries.
More than 34 million at risk of starvation in Africa
James T. Morris, Executive Director
World Food Programme
STATEMENT TO THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL
40 Million People at Risk of Starvation,
Says Head of World Food Programme;
More Consistent Humanitarian Funding, Investment in Agriculture Urgently Needed
Les mauvaises conditions agro-climatiques caractérisées par un retard d’installation de l’hivernage, des pluies insuffisantes et mal réparties ont compromis les récoltes céréalières en Mauritanie pour la seconde année consécutive.
La production céréalière 2002/2003 estimée à 99 705 tonnes est en baisse de 18 pour cent par rapport à la campagne 2001/2002 qui était déjà inférieure de 32 pour cent à 2000/2001. Comparée à la moyenne des cinq dernières années, elle est en baisse de 41 pour cent.
ABIDJAN, 3 December (IRIN) - Food security prospects in West Africa as at November 2002, were varied with a mixed performance recorded in the cereal harvest in the Sahel sub-region, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported on Friday.
CROP AND FOOD SUPPLY SITUATION