Getting Early Warning Right in the Sahel

With high food prices and low cereal outputs impacting many Sahelians, food security analysts are focusing on how to get early warning messages right.

A woman and her children in western Chad, where malnutrition rates often surpass the international emergency threshold.

  • Africa:  Famine Response - Too Little, Perhaps Too Late

    Africa Renewal, 23 December 2011

    Jerry Rawlings, a former president of Ghana and now the high representative for Somalia for the African Union (AU), visited a number of African capitals in July and August to drum... read more »

  • West Africa:  Getting Early Warning Right in the Sahel

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 23 December 2011

    While severely high food prices and lower-than-average cereal outputs are already forcing some vulnerable Sahelians into distress responses, the US Agency for International... read more »

  • West Africa:  Group Urges World to Help Children in the Sahel

    UN News Service, 22 December 2011

    The head of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) called today on the global community to take action to prevent one million children in the Sahel region of West and Central... read more »

  • West Africa:  Food Crisis Grows in the Sahel

    African Arguments, 22 December 2011

    Just two years after the Sahel faced a major food crisis, leaving an estimated seven million people in need of food aid in Niger and Chad, the alarm bell has sounded more »


  • West Africa:  Act Now to Avoid Another Crisis, Say Aid Agencies

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 14 December 2011

    Aid agencies are warning donors to act now to avert a drought and food security crisis that could mean over 11 million people sink into further food insecurity, poverty or... read more »

  • Senegal:  Prospects and Pitfalls Along a Great Green Wall

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 29 November 2011

    Former goat-herder Samba Ba proudly points to a row of metre-high acacia trees growing amid the fine grasses that are the only other vegetation in this part of northern Senegal's... read more »


  • West Africa:  Sahel the Danger Zone for Food Insecurity

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 27 October 2011

    Erratic rains and high imported rice and wheat prices against a backdrop of chronic food insecurity and malnutrition in parts of the Sahel, will leave millions of people at risk of... read more »