Red Cross warns of Mauritania food crisis
30 December 2011, 12:59
Geneva - More than a million people could face
severe food shortages in Mauritania in the coming months, the Red Cross
warned on Thursday as it launched an emergency appeal for almost €1.75m.
harvests caused by drought and rising prices severely reduced the
availability of food for many, the International Federation of Red Cross
and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said.
Research showed the
number of people facing shortages increased from 428 000 to 838 000
between July and November and the organisation predicts the figure could
reach 1.2 million by January unless urgent action is taken.
some rural areas, the crisis is already there and we must act now before
it deteriorates like we saw in the Horn of Africa," said Mohamed Ould
Raby, secretary-general of the Mauritanian Red Crescent, referring to
the region where famine was declared earlier this year.
The Geneva-based IFRC has appealed for just over $2.26m which it says is needed to deal with the food crisis.
Sahel countries including Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Chad
are also threatened by major food shortages and will need help in the
coming months, the body said.