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


In 2018, a new drought, the worst in recent years, meant the hunger season affected 600,000 people.


A new drought, the worst in recent years, exhausted the pastures much earlier than usual and put diary production and livestock prices at rock bottom, in a country where grazing is the main source of subsistence. 

In 2018, the hunger season affected 600,00 people – 48% more than in 2017 when poor rains resulted in acute food shortages in some regions. 

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. Vast swathes of the country are affected by malnutrition and hunger. 

People we helped in 2018


We have worked in Mauritania since 2007, providing support to men, women and children with nutritional support. 

Some of our programmes in Mauritania include:

  • Prevention and treatment of malnutrition in children 
  • Helping provide access to resources like food, water and land is crucial for the livelihoods of both the refugee populations and host communities
  • Supporting those in Mberra refugee camp on the border with Mali, delivering water and sanitation programmes


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Photo credits: © G. Hoehr for Action Against Hunger

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