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West Africa crisis

A food crisis is looming in the Sahel region of west Africa and millions of people are already affected. Concern Worldwide is responding in some of the worst-hit areas in Niger and Chad, but more help is urgently needed.

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Unimaginable hunger

After a poor harvest last year, food supplies in the region are rapidly declining. In Niger, 5.4 million people are affected. In Chad, it is estimated that 13 out of 22 regions could be affected.

Many families are expecting to completely run out of food by as early as next month unless they receive immediate assistance. They are living with hunger on a scale most of us will never experience. Concern’s Paul O’Brien wrote about this last February – read his blog post.

Food prices

To make matters worse, some food prices in the area are an alarming 40-50 percent higher than they were last year. This could make food an unaffordable luxury for the area’s poorest people. 

Concern is there

Concern began responding to this crisis in 2011. So far, our work has included providing the most vulnerable people with access to cash so they can buy food and meet other basic survival needs. This has helped 44,450 people. 

We are working with local health centres to ensure they have the capacity to diagnose and treat children for malnutrition. We are also running a cash-for-work project, in which we have involved more than 3,018 people from villages in Tahoua, Niger, to prepare the land for the next agricultural season. 

Dedicated to change

We are dedicated to continuing our charity work in the areas worst-affected by this crisis. It will take a long time for people to recover from this crisis and we are already planning to give support to farmers to help them prepare for next year’s planting season.

The world produces enough food for all of us and we should not tolerate so many people suffering from hunger. Help needs to arrive now – not tomorrow, not next week. The warning signs are loud and clear and the longer we wait, the more lives hang in the balance.