Why the Sahel Needs U.S. $1.6 Billion Again

Even though aid agencies estimate the number of people in the Sahel region at risk of going hungry this year has dropped, the 2013 regional strategy calls for U.S.$1.66 billion to help meet humanitarian needs - an identical figure to the 2012 crisis appeal.

  • West Africa:  Why Sahel Needs U.S. $1.6bn Again This Year

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 19 February 2013

    The 2013 Sahel Regional Strategy calls for US$1.66 billion to help meet humanitarian needs and build up resilience among vulnerable groups - an identical figure to the 2012 crisis ... read more »

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Sahel farmers are finding ways to reclaim the desert.

  • West Africa:  Sahel Region Learning to Reap the Benefits of Shade

    Inter Press Service, 14 February 2013

    In Africa's Sahel region, agroforestry techniques using traditional plantings known as "fertiliser trees" to increase soil fertility, as well as harvesting and grazing regulations, ... read more »

  • Niger:  Flooding Displaces Families

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 11 January 2013

    Around 800 Nigerien families have been relocated from areas along the River Niger as water levels during annual flooding are expected to rise above normal and last until February. read more »

  • West Africa:  Planting for a Harsher Climate

    AlertNet, 28 November 2012

    The hunger crisis in the Sahel region and the ongoing conflict in the northern part of Mali is threatening the lives of millions in the country and across the region. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Flood - Stark Hunger Stares Nigerians in the Face Next Year

    Leadership, 14 October 2012

    That the floods have come with ferocious ravaging effect on parts of the country is no longer news. With several lives lost, houses and farmlands submerged even in the face of ... read more »

  • Mauritania:  Drought Sends Food Prices Soaring

    AlertNet, 5 October 2012

    In some countries across the Sahel the end of the lean season heralded a period of steady rainfall.  Not so in Mauritania, where households are still struggling to cope with ... read more »

  • West Africa:  Ban Ki-Moon at UN Meeting on the Sahel (document)

    United Nations, 26 September 2012

    The Sahel is at a critical juncture. Political turmoil, extreme climatic conditions and fragile economies are combining to create a perfect storm of vulnerability. read more »

  • West Africa:  Oxfam Reaction to Un Meeting in New York On Sahel (press release)

    Oxfam International, 26 September 2012

    On the proposed ECOWAS force to Mali: read more »

  • West Africa:  Ban Warns of 'Perfect Storm' of Crises Confronting Sahel

    United Nations, 26 September 2012

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for urgent international support for the people and governments of West Africa's Sahel region, warning that the area is at ... read more »