2012 Sahel drought

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The Sahel region – a belt up to 1,000 km wide that spans Africa from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea

In May 2012, United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos warned that more than 18 million people were facing hunger across eight countries in West Africa including the Sahel region.[1] A combination of failed crops, insect plague, high food prices, conflict and drought collectively cause the ensuing famine.[2]

Mauritania and Chad have recorded a loss in crop yield of over 50% when compared to 2011. Food reserves in the areas affected are very low and combine with corn prices soaring by 60-85% compared to averages over the last five years. In Chad alone this food crisis affects some 3.6 million people.[3]

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  1. ^ Mendy Diop (May 24, 2012). "UN relief coordinator warns over humanitarian crisis in Africa’s drought-hit Sahel". UN News Centre. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Fominyen, George. "Coming weeks critical to tackle Sahel hunger – U.N. humanitarian chief". Thomson Reuters Foundation. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Food Crisis in Sahel". Oxfam International. Retrieved 10 June 2012.