Senegal Urged to Tackle Hunger in Sahel

Senegalese singer Baaba Maal has appealed for international aid and called on the government to come up with a quick response plan to the unfolding hunger situation.

A villager in northern Senegal shows an empty well following poor rains in 2011.

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    UN News Service, 22 May 2012

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    UN News Service, 23 May 2012

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    "Maybe this could be the year when freedom of expression and association will be respected... Maybe this could be the year when Ethiopians will no more be imprisoned for their ... read more »

  • West Africa:  Football Star Urges Funds for Sahel

    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 24 May 2012

    On a visit to drought-stricken Chad, Spanish football star Raúl González added his voice to urgent calls for funding to prevent a full-blown food and nutrition crisis ... read more »

  • West Africa:  UN Relief Coordinator Warns Over Humanitarian Crisis in Africa's Drought-Hit Sahel

    UN News Service, 24 May 2012

    The United Nations top relief official today called for strong leadership and a comprehensive response plan, as well as donor support, for the food crisis in West Africa's ... read more »

  • Senegal:  Singer Urges Government to Tackle Sahel Hunger

    AlertNet, 15 May 2012

    Communities in West Africa's drought-ridden Sahel region need urgent help to avert a hunger crisis of the scale that hit East Africa last year, Senegalese singer and humanitarian ... read more »

  • Senegal:  Change of Direction in Hunger Response

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 7 May 2012

    One day after being sworn in on 2 April, Senegal's new President Macky Sall reversed months of public denial of the hunger affecting over 800,000 of his people - part of the ... read more »

  • Senegal:  Country's Hungry Say They Need Help Now

    AlertNet, 14 May 2012

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  • Senegal:  Program Helps More Than One Million Children Improve Nutrition

    World Bank, 29 March 2012

    Senegal's Nutrition Enhancement Project II (NEP), which was implemented in 2007, has been helping to improve the nutritional status of vulnerable people in poor urban and rural ... read more »

  • West Africa:  Hunger Affecting 10 Million as Dry Season Approaches

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 29 March 2012

    Hunger has come again to the Sahel. "Since yesterday I have only drunk water," said Houley Dia, 60, a widow who lives in Houdallah, a village of the Fula ethnic group in southern ... read more »


  • West Africa:  Crisis Talks Call for Urgent Aid to Sahel

    UN News Service, 15 February 2012

    Delegates at a meeting convened by the United Nations to draw up strategies to respond to the humanitarian crisis in West Africa's drought-prone Sahel region today called for ... read more »

  • West Africa:  the Match Against Hunger Is Still to Be Won in the Sahel

    Oxfam International, 13 February 2012

    Estimates of people in need of assistance in the Sahel increases to over 11 million people, as agency warns humanitarian efforts need to be stepped up in the coming weeks. read more »

  • West Africa:  Aid Groups Hold Crisis Meeting Over Sahel Drought

    UN News Service, 13 February 2012

    The leaders of United Nations aid agencies, humanitarian organizations and donor governments will meet on Wednesday in Rome to discuss how to urgently scale up assistance in ... read more »

  • Senegal:  Over 6,000 Fishermen Challenge Politicians to Put Communities First

    Greenpeace International, 19 January 2012

    Today, the "My voice, my future" caravan organized by Greenpeace and small-scale fishing communities ended with a call on Senegalese politicians to take into account their concerns ... read more »

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    Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 31 January 2012

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  • Senegal:  6000 Fishermen Tell Their Government, 'Make Fishing a Priority Now!'

    Greenpeace International, 24 January 2012

    We asked Senegalese fishermen what they want their government to do for the local fishing industry. Instead of one answer, we received a shout, a cry, a unanimous chorus - "Make ... read more »