Food crisis in Mauritana
10 February 2012, 17:41
Mauritania - A food crisis in Mauritania as a result of drought is
expected to be three times worse that in 2010, when the Sahel was
crippled by food shortages, the World Food Programme said on Thursday.
levels of food insecurity are three times higher than in the same
period in 2012," said a WFP report, highlighting the impact of poor
rains and rising food prices.
WFP said about 700 000 people are
currently going hungry in the west African nation, calling for "urgent
action to help the poorest households and avoid a major humanitarian
Since January Mauritania with the support of the
international community has carried out a $148m project, "Hope 2012",
amongst others, will see 2 400 shops open selling subsidised food
The Sahel belt edging the Sahara desert stretches from
Senegal to Eritrea is particularly sensitive to drought and famine. In
2010 some 10 million people were affected by a severe food crisis in the
This year NGOs have raised the alarm after poor rains in 2011.
said the lack of rains saw harvests drop 25% compared to 2010, leaving
more than one million children threatened with severe malnutrition.
crisis has so far affected Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger but the UN
has also raised concerns over Burkina Faso, Senegal and northern parts
of Nigeria and Cameroon.
In January the EU announced it was
doubling aid to the Sahel to €95m in a "race against time" as 23 million
people began 2012 facing "huge uncertainty about how they will feed
themselves and their families".
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