Food Security in the Sahel
Here are the organizations that are providing short- and long-term solutions to food insecurity in the Sahel.
The Sahel region in Africa reaches across a wide area of west Africa, and includies Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal. This area was struck by severe drought in the dry season of 2012, followed by a series of floods in the rainy season starting in August that displaced thousands and ruined crops. Drought conditions in other food exporting countries, such as the United States, have driven up food prices globally. Furthermore, political instability and conflict in Mali means that humanitarian assistance may be impeded. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the combined impact of this confluence of events is that more than 18 million people in the Sahel have been hit by a severe food crisis, with some 1.1 million children facing acute malnutrition.*
Worth a look is Oxfam's viideo "Food Justice" which examines the causes and possible solutions to food insecurity worldwide: