A recent United Nations analysis of food security in Sahel and West African countries shows that 38 million people will face food shortages next year. He warns that many people may not survive without a quick and generous international humanitarian assistance.
Acute starvation will affect the most vulnerable people in next year’s weak season. This is a time when food stocks are at their lowest and millions of people do not have enough food to eat.
The naked season usually occurs in June and August in the West and Central African region. But Ollo Sib, a senior researcher for the World Food Program in the region, said the signs indicate that next year’s season will begin in March.
“Given that food stocks are very low … There is not enough pasture for livestock. For livestock, we are looking forward to an early oil-free season, especially for ranchers in the region … and that encourages people to adopt certain strategies, ”Sib said.
Sib says many people are already feeling hungry and resorting to extreme strategies to combat them. These include having enough money to put livestock and other property on the table.
A World Food Program official said climate and conflict remain two major factors for low yields and poor production in the Sahel. He noted that the last few years have been very dry on the Sahel and a major drought has affected millions of people from West Africa.
He added that widespread conflicts in the region had discouraged farmers from planting crops and herders from moving livestock in search of pastures. He said satellite imagery showed that 35 percent of the villages had lost serious crops due to conflicts and mass displacements.
“It’s a total of five to seven million displaced people,” he said. It’s about the 13 million people affected by the conflict in the region, and most of them are farmers, mostly herders, and this conflict is taking them away from their livelihoods and production opportunities. ”
The United Nations says early action is needed to prevent the worst. He is urging the international community to be more active now before the start of the weak season. UN officials say early and sufficient investment is needed to prepare for next year’s agricultural season. They say immediate food help is needed to prevent malnutrition.