Poor rains in 2017 have resulted in an acute shortage of food in some regions of Mauritania


Almost the whole of the Mali suffers from acute malnutrition. 


Poor rains in 2017 have resulted in an acute shortage of food in some regions of Mauritania. Harvests and grassland are critically scarce. Wells and water sources have dried up, forcing herders to migrate several months earlier than usual. This could lead to increased malnutrition in the pastoral regions and cause conflicts with communities where herds seek pasture.

Drought indicators, rainfall deficits and unequal rainfall distribution are now at the same levels as during the food crisis of 2011-2012 when a number of countries in the Shale were affected. The number of people needing assistance is at levels unseen since 2012. According to the August 2017 National Malnutrition Survey (SMART), almost the whole country is at a critical level of acute malnutrition.

People we helped in 2015


Action Against Hunger has worked in Mauritania since 2007, providing support to men, women and children with nutritional support. 

Some of the programmes is Mauritania include:

  • Development actions in the south of the country to reduce structural vulnerabilities
  • Prevention and treatment of malnutrition in children in the south and east.
  • Supporting those in Mberra refugee camp on the border with Mali, delivering water and sanitation programmes

In addition, we’re helping families and small-scale farmers to grow food and improve their diets by training them to diversify their crops so they can weather food insecurity shocks during the hunger gap - the period of routine scarcity between harvests.


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Photo credits: ©  G. Hoehr for Action Against Hunger

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