Appeals & Response Plans
- Chad: Measles Outbreak - May 2018
- Chad: Cholera Outbreak - Aug 2017
- Chad: Hepatitis E Outbreak - Sep 2016
- Nigeria: Polio Outbreak - Aug 2016
- Chad: Floods - Aug 2012
- West/Central Africa: Meningitis Outbreak - Jan 2012
- Sahel Crisis: 2011-2017
- Chad: Polio Outbreak - Jun 2011
- Chad: Cholera/Measles/Meningitis Outbreak - Mar 2011
- Chad: Cholera Outbreak - Aug 2010
Most read reports
- The children of the Lake Chad Crisis
- Tchad : 3W (Qui fait quoi où?) dans la Province du Lac (novembre 2018)
- From survival to resilience: Central African Refugees in the South of Chad seek more durable solutions
- Chad: Defusing Tensions in the Sahel - Africa Report No.266 | 5 December 2018
- Little Ripples programme has a big effect on young refugee children in Chad
By Miriam Gathigah
NAIROBI, Jul 6 2018 (IPS) - Joshua Kiragu reminisces of years gone by when just one of his two hectares of land produced at least 40 bags of maize. But that was 10 years ago. Today, Kiragu can barely scrape up 20 bags from the little piece of land that he has left – it measures just under a hectare.
Kiragu, who is from Kenya’s Rift Valley region, tells IPS that years of extreme and drastic weather patterns continue to take their toll on his once-thriving maize business. His business, he says, has all but collapsed.
By Issa Sikiti da Silva
This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on June 17.
DAKAR, Senegal, Jun 11 2018 (IPS) - Hope, smiles and new vitality seem to be returning slowly but surely in various parts of the Sahel region, where the mighty Sahara Desert has all but ‘eaten’ and degraded huge parts of landscapes, destroying livelihoods and subjecting many communities to extreme poverty.
An international alliance must create a plan for the fragile African states of the Sahel to prevent catastrophe in a region already buckling under the strain
By Tony Blair
Refugees fleeing conflict have already sent shockwaves through the political systems of Europe. But unless we take urgent action now and help the countries of the Sahel, we will face the prospect of millions more refugees in the time to come.
Earl Conteh-Morgan, Professor of International Studies, University of South Florida
By Matthew Newsome
TUNIS, Mar 28 2014 (IPS) - Still not enough is being done to improve the food emergency in Africa’s Sahel Region as conflict and instability continue to exacerbate any response towards aiding a region where one in eight people suffer from food insecurity.
Researchers collaborate with health officials to plan vaccination campaigns after discovering how to predict seasonal outbreaks.
Read the full report on the Guardian.
Peter Clottey March 06, 2014
An African Union official says the organization’s Mission to Mali and the Sahel (MISAHEL) has launched a cooperation initiative with countries in the Sahel to combat terrorism as part of efforts to stabilize the region.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:59 PM
Author: Elias Ntungwe Ngalame
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – West African states in the Niger River Basin are seeking to tackle climate risks and reduce poverty by constructing three hydropower dams in the next five years.
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October 22, 2013
GENEVA — The United Nations says it is working on an integrated strategy to deal with the recurring crises in Africa's Sahel region. The U.N. says new approaches are needed to make vulnerable people in the nine Sahelian countries able to cope with the humanitarian emergencies that keep them in poverty and dependent on the international community for aid.
DAKAR, SENEGAL — As the rainy season begins in West and Central Africa, meteorological experts are warning of above average rainfall, flash floods and overflowing rivers in the western Sahel. Aid agencies say that early preparation is key to reducing the risks associated with such natural disasters, as well as building up people’s resilience to deal with the aftermath.
Experts from the African Center of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) say that rainfall in West and Central Africa could exceed 130 percent of normal precipitation this year.
WFP says 2012's good harvest in Sahel not enough to alleviate deep-rooted poverty, as millions more face hunger this year
Helping people to survive drought requires a long-term commitment from governments, donors, institutions and NGOs
After three droughts in seven years in the Sahel, governments, humanitarian organisations and donors have been asking how to help the region get out of this cycle of crises. The nearly universal solution proposed is summed up in the word "resilience": the ability of families, households or communities to absorb shocks, such as drought in the case of the Sahel.
EU finds poor maintenance by recipient countries is leaving roads in ruin, jeopardising work to reduce poverty and hunger
The EU has spent billions of euros to build roads in sub-Saharan Africa that are left to deteriorate because of poor maintenance, the European Court of Auditors said on Tuesday.
Above-average rainfall and falling food prices do not signal an end to food insecurity in Africa's Sahel region
The Niger government took the brave decision last year to sound the alarm early on hunger – the rainy season, from July to September, had been well below average and a drop in food production looked likely.
More than one million children are at risk of severe malnutrition in the Sahel region of West Africa, according to two leading charities.
Read the story on the BBC
The politics of aid can delay early intervention, despite last year's famine in Somalia showing early aid can achieve more
By Mark Tran
A recent briefing paper by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) succinctly sums up the frustration of humanitarian groups as they grapple with the food crisis in the Sahel, where 18 million people are at risk from hunger.
With west Africa's food crisis worsening, delegates in Brussels will look at the aid shortfall and the need to build resilience
Read the full post by Duncan Green in the Guardian's Poverty Matters Blog.
The fight against hunger in the Sahel region continues as the World Food Program, WFP, and its partners are vigorously responding with humanitarian assistance to reach more than nine million people.
Consecutive droughts over the past three years have been ravaging the region, giving people no time to recover or grow food.
Rousbeh Legatis interviews MOHAMED BÉAVOGUI of the International Fund for Agricultural Development
UNITED NATIONS, May 30, 2012 (IPS) - As Africa's Sahel region faces a new food crisis, smallholder famers hold the key to making future development policies sustainable.
Le Sahel s'apprête à vivre, une nouvelle fois, une grave crise alimentaire. Pourquoi cette région est-elle si souvent victime de la faim? Réponse en quatre points.
Après les crises alimentaires de 2005, de 2008 et de 2010, faudra-t-il bientôt placer 2012 dans la liste des années noires pour les habitants du Sahel? Selon les Nations Unies, 23 millions d'entre eux pourraient souffrir de la faim dans les semaines à venir, si la communauté internationale n'intervient pas très vite.