More than 19 million people are in the midst of a severe food crisis. Christian Aid is delivering assistance in the Sahel region and has launched an emergency appeal to respond.
Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso are among the worst affected countries; in many areas communities are restricting themselves to one meal a day and food is running out.
A million children across the region are at risk of severe acute malnutrition.
Cause of the crisis:
The current crisis is the latest peak in a situation of longstanding food insecurity in the Sahel. Due to lack of rain and widespread drought, Niger has experienced a shortfall of more than 500,000 tonnes of grain and 10 million tonnes of animal feed.
In Mali, 11% of the country’s cereal production has been lost. In Burkina Faso, deficits could leave as many as two million people at risk.
The situation has been exacerbated by rising food prices, political instability in Libya and Cote d'Ivoire and conflict in Mali, which has driven thousands of displaced people into regions already desperately low on food and pasture.
How you can help:
Share our video with your class/school to help them understand the food crisis in West Africa.
Support our west Africa appeal by donating online or holding a collection:
Gift Aid envelopes - call 0870 078 7788 to order emergency Gift Aid envelopes, or email email@example.com and request item F1952E (or F1952W for Welsh language envelopes).
Pray with us
We pray for all who are caught up in the growing food crisis in west Africa.
For our sisters and brothers caught up in a cycle of drought and hunger:
for parents struggling to find food and seeing their children go hungry,
for farmers seeing their crops fail and livestock die.
May the leaders of the nations act with insight and urgency,
bringing relief to those who suffer now.
May we too share generously from the abundance that you have given us
and join our voices with those who call for an end to poverty.