Poor harvests, pasture depletion, shortfalls in food production and rising food prices have pushed millions of people across the Sahel into a major food crisis.
Child malnutrition rates are currently above the World Health Organisationís emergency threshold of 15 per cent in several areas of Chad and Mauritania, and are expected to deteriorate even further as the annual hunger season sets in. Over one million children under five in the Sahel are threatened by severe acute malnutrition in 2012.
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Multiple and complex factors have contributed to the deteriorating situation in the Sahel:
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Action Against Hunger has developed an effective strategy to respond to the situation and is already implementing programmes in Niger, Mali, Chad, Mauritania and Burkina Faso, including:
More than a million children across the Sahel region now face starvation.
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