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2012 Sahel drought

The Sahel region – a belt up to 1,000 km wide that spans Africa from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea

In May 2012, United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos warned that more than 18 million people were facing hunger across eight countries in West Africa including the Sahel region.[1] A combination of failed crops, insect plague, high food prices, conflict and drought collectively cause the ensuing famine.[2]

Mauritania and Chad have recorded a loss in crop yield of over 50% when compared to 2011. Food reserves in the areas affected are very low and combine with corn prices soaring by 60-85% compared to averages over the last five years. In Chad alone this food crisis affects some 3.6 million people.[3]

External links

  • FAO, the 2012 Sahel Crisis
  • Oxfam 2012, Food Crisis in Sahel
  • SOS Children 2012, Sahel drought
  • Thomson Reuters Alertnet 2012, Coming weeks critical to tackle Sahel hunger – U.N. humanitarian chief
  • The Guardians Poverty Matters Blog May 2012, Baaba Maal: people in the Sahel region need food and water now
  • ABC News, May 2012, UN: 18 Million in West Africa to Go Hungry in 2012
  • CNN, June 2012, A distress call from Africa's Sahel: Millions might starve

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