Facts and Figures (Jan.2012)
The percentage of people in the Sahel who are severely malnourished ranges from 10.9% in Mali to 20.1% in some parts of Chad (GAM rates). 1.3 million children are currently suffering from acute malnutrition across the Sahel, 400 000 of them are suffering from its most severe form.
300,000 children die in a 'normal year' from malnutrition or its related causes. In 2011, 311,000 were treated in humanitarian aid nutrition programmes out of which, 156.000 (50%) were treated in ECHO funded programmes
23.7 million people, of which 6.8 million are at risk of severe food insecurity in 2012 mainly due to poor harvest and high food prices.
The European Commission is providing €105 million of humanitarian aid to address the food crisis in 2012.
Commissioner Georgieva: "The question is not whether there will be another food "crisis" in the Sahel in 2012, but to what extent"