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Sahel Food Crisis

US: Send Development Aid to the Sahel Region of Africa

Jack Cahn | Posted 04.08.2014 | Teen
Jack Cahn

This Fall, the Sahel region has become a center of international attention with the United Nations calling its security situation "alarming" and deploying 12,600 peacekeepers to stabilize the region. This aid is desperately needed.

A Wise Man for Sahel

David Gosset | Posted 12.09.2012 | World
David Gosset

Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, has appointed the former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi as special envoy to the Sahel region, which covers parts of Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Algeria, Niger, Chad, Sudan, South Sudan and Eritrea.

African Artists Unite On Sahel Food Crisis

Louis Belanger | Posted 10.09.2012 | World
Louis Belanger

More than 18 million people across West and Central Africa are facing a food crisis. This is a fact. 18 million people are hungry and, along with ai...

The Sahel Deserves As Much Compassion As Other Disaster Victims

Alison Carlman | Posted 09.05.2012 | Impact
Alison Carlman

I think we can all agree that we would have done whatever was in our power to prevent the 2010 Haiti earthquake or the 2004 Indonesian tsunami. Yet, today, three times as many people are at risk of famine in Africa than those who perished in both those disasters combined.

How The Drought Raises Risks For Sexual Abuse, Child Labor

Sanj Srikanthan | Posted 09.05.2012 | Impact
Sanj Srikanthan

Issues like child labor, low school attendance, and sexual abuse -- all of which existed before the drought -- have been exacerbated by the current crisis.

Handwashing With Soap Can Help Us Achieve the Millennium Development Goals

Myriam Sidibe | Posted 09.05.2012 | Impact
Myriam Sidibe

Being able to live a clean, active and healthy life should be a basic human right. Yet, this is not a privilege that everyone has -- a point underscored by two high level reports last week.

Supporting Those Who Support Refugees

Mark Yarnell | Posted 09.04.2012 | Impact
Mark Yarnell

Communities throughout the Sahel have opened their arms to Malians fleeing insecurity at home, often at great personal cost. Now it's time for the international community to do its part.

Food Security Solutions In The Sahel

Anja Tranovich | Posted 09.04.2012 | Impact
Anja Tranovich

Infrastructure development projects like the Alatona Irrigation Project can help foster food security and alleviate poverty through economic growth. And the components that led to the program's success in a time of such scarcity are replicable.

Hungry People In A Deadly Land

Jean-François Lepetit | Posted 09.04.2012 | Impact
Jean-François Lepetit

We are painfully aware of one cruel, ironic fact of the Sahel food crisis: many acres of fertile fields are littered with landmines and explosive remnants of war, rendering them too dangerous for seeding.

What Will Happen To The Poorest Of The Poor?

Caleb Dembélé | Posted 09.02.2012 | Impact
Caleb Dembélé

Only time will tell how the poorest of the poor will fare throughout this crisis. What we do know is that aid to this ultra-poor population is critical to their survival and that steps need to be taken to ensure that the poorest in these affected areas do not get overlooked.

The Plant That Can Help Solve The Sahel Hunger Crisis

Annette Frost | Posted 09.02.2012 | Impact
Annette Frost

In Niger, NCBA CLUSA's Moringa VC project is taking full advantage of the benefits this plant has to offer to the people of Niger. The Mission of Moringa VC was to rapidly expand the production of moringa and the marketing, processing, and consumption of moringa leaves in Niger.

We Can't Afford To Wait Until Severe Drought Strikes To Act

Tim McCully | Posted 09.02.2012 | Impact
Tim McCully

Though we can now clearly see the patterns of increased frequency and severity of droughts in the Sahel region, for years we've responded to each drought as if it was a discrete crisis, and treated the symptoms rather than the disease.

Chronic Crisis in the Sahel Calls for a New Approach

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact
Nancy Lindborg

We can't prevent what appears to be increasing cycles of drought, but we can and are working to create better solutions and build greater resilience among the most vulnerable.

A Band-Aid Will Never Break The Cycle Of Hunger

Carol Morgan | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact
Carol Morgan

A Band-Aid approach will never break the cycle of hunger. In the longer-term, government and donors must prioritize crisis prevention, rather than emergency response.

Drought Doesn't Need To Lead To Hunger

Eric Muňoz | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact
Eric Muňoz

Unfortunately, drought in the Sahel region is a reality that is not going away. But drought does not need to lead to hunger. Prevention is key, and this means effective early warnings and community resilience.

What Are Villagers Eating To Survive This Hunger Season?

Denise Brown | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact
Denise Brown

The reason for my travel to this remote location of just a few hundred people is simple: As the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Niger Country Director, I am on my way to Touqfine to find out exactly what the villagers are eating this hunger season to survive.

How Books Are Nourishing Thousands Of Students In The Sahel

Patrick Plonski | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact
Patrick Plonski

Each of Nigeria's 158 million people has hopes, dreams and aspirations. Each and every one wants to achieve his or her goals to make a better life for themselves and their families. That is why Books For Africa is in Nigeria.

How To Help The Sahel

Posted 07.03.2012 | Impact

Amid drought, war, a food shortage and government corruption, Africa's Sahel region is on the verge of an alarming humanitarian crisis, as the people ...

How Cashews Can Help Solve The Sahel Hunger Crisis

Arthur B. Keys, Jr. | Posted 08.29.2012 | Impact
Arthur B. Keys, Jr.

I know we can achieve sustainable food security because we already have in nations around the world, including in Africa.

Helping The Hungry Requires Improving Incomes And Livelihoods

Scott Killough | Posted 08.29.2012 | Impact
Scott Killough

There is strong evidence that supporting rural communities to invest in agroecological approaches makes them less vulnerable to natural hazards -- including drought -- that threaten their lives and their livelihoods.

End Of School Year Means Hunger Season For Senegal Kids

Jeff Baron | Posted 08.29.2012 | Impact
Jeff Baron

The success of school-based feeding programs even in relatively good times can be dramatic. It's not just that they can erase malnutrition, they help reduce illiteracy. Well-fed children do better in school and miss fewer days.

Images Tell the Story of Hunger and Hope in Niger

Rein Skullerud | Posted 08.29.2012 | Impact
Rein Skullerud

After my recent trip to Niger, however, I was so struck by the state of the land and the spirit of the people I met that I wanted to do something I've never done before: tell you about the photos I took.

Breaking The Cycle Of Child Death From Malnutrition

Sonia Lowman | Posted 08.28.2012 | Impact
Sonia Lowman

Children like Aziza who suffer from both acute and chronic malnutrition fail to grow to their full potential, both mentally and physically.

Investing In Women Farmers May Significantly Decrease World Hunger

Seema Jalan | Posted 08.28.2012 | Impact
Seema Jalan

The crisis in the Sahel has gone on for far too long, with far too little coverage from media around the world. This means that women and their families have been suffering silently while the situation continues to worsen.

How We Can Prevent Droughts From Wiping Out Entire Families

Mia Drake Brandt | Posted 08.28.2012 | Impact
Mia Drake Brandt

I was recently in Mauritania, and I have rarely seen anything that has left me as frustrated and saddened as what I saw there. There's a severe drought in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa that is putting more than one million children's lives at risk.