A food and nutrition crisis is affecting millions of people across the Sahel Region of Western Africa this year, due to a combination of drought, high grain prices, decrease in remittances, environmental degradation, displacement of population, due to conflict which is affecting part of the region, coupled with chronic poverty and vulnerability. More than 18 million people are facing food insecurity and more than 1 million children under the age of five are at risk of severe acute malnutrition.
- The food security situation is deteriorating in certain regions of Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Chad due to an early start of the lean season
- Results of the latest food security surveys in Senegal and Mauritania indicate a critical situation for poor households in the Zones-at-Risk
- Since December 2013, cereal prices are relatively stable throughout the region but remain above their five year averages
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