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Millions of people in West Africa experienced a severe food crisis in 2012
Erratic rains, poor harvests, lack of pasture and increased food prices saw millions go hungry. One million children experienced acute malnutrition.
West Africa last experienced a major food crisis in 2010, in which ten million people were affected. They had barely recovered when the latest crisis occured. Once again they faced serious food shortages and insecurity. People were so hungry that they were forced to dig up anthills to recover grains that ants have stored.
Families in Niger, Chad, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal and The Gambia needed your help. We raised over $100,000 for the crisis.
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Northern Mali will descend to emergency levels of food insecurity in less than two months if the security situation and humanitarian access to vulnerable communities do not improve, warned four international aid agencies today following the analysis of experts from the Harmonised framework.
In a new report published today, international agency Oxfam says that the aid community needs to fundamentally change the way it deals with food crises in the region and help communities to better prepare for recurring emergencies.
A serious food security crisis is developing in the Gao region of northern Mali due to a shortage of cereals on the market, rocketing food prices and restricted access.