ALERT Of these 10.5 million people, 1.1 million are at a critical emergency stage in five countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger

The UN warns of the food crisis in the Sahel where more than 10 million people are in a situation of famine< /p> The food situation has worsened in the Sahel. — Rebecca Blackwell/AP/SIPA

The food situation in Sahelian Africa is dramatic. The UN  has alerted this Friday on this situation when the organization needs nearly an additional 500 million dollars (approximately 441 million euros) to rescue more than 10.5 million starving people .

According to the UN World Food Program (WFP), the number of people on the verge of starvation in the semi-arid Sahelian belt has increased almost tenfold. for three years. Of these approximately 10.5 million people, 1.1 million are at home. a critical emergency stage in five countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

“””A growing food crisis”The UN agency adds that it needs 470 million dollars to continue its food aid operations there over the next six months. “WFP is alarmed at the worsening food crisis in the country’ across the Sahel” Geneva, Tomson Phiri.

The UN warns of the food crisis in the Sahel where more than 10 million people are in a situation of famine

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“ a growing and complex food crisis,” more severe than previous ones under the combined effects of conflicts, Covid, vagaries of the weather and rising prices, “ ;which deprive millions of people of basic meals,” he said.

Rise in prices

Food prices have thus increased; by 30%, and the region has experienced droughts not seen since 2011, according to Tomson Phiri. But “while needs are at their highest, resources to support the most vulnerable are at their lowest” “take out those who are hungry to feed those who are even more hungry,” food rations have been cut in half, affecting 1.4 million people in need. In 2021, WFP and its partners helped 9.3 million people in the 5 countries concerned. The UN agency indicates that it has also transformed over 110,000 hectares of barren fields into fertile land, working with local communities.