More than 9 million people are undernourished in the Sahel region of Africa

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The number of people in need of food aid in 16 countries in the Sahel region and West Africa increased in late 2019 to 9.4 million, amid escalating insecurity and violence, according to experts and governments in Paris on Monday.

The three countries most affected (in the “crisis” phase, at level 3 on a scale of 5 levels) are Nigeria (4 million people), Niger (1.5 million people) and Burkina Faso (1,2 million), according to the Prevention Network announced Food crises that meet at the headquarters of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.

The meeting included representatives of 16 concerned African governments, UN agencies such as the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Food Program, non-governmental organizations such as Oxfam, and experts from the agricultural and food sector.

The insecurity caused a “significant increase” in the number of displaced people, “which exacerbated the pressures on food resources” and the failure to organize “local livelihoods” like markets, according to the Food Crisis Prevention Network.

The coordinator of the regional program for food security, Mahmoud Hamdoun, told AFP that the number of people who need immediate assistance (9.4 million) has become “twice” the number of last year in the same period (4.5 million), noting that the conflicts that multiply in the region constitute “a factor exacerbating food insecurity.”

According to the network’s forecast, from June to August 2020, the number of people who will need food aid will increase to 14.4 million.

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