Cash assistance from WFP allowed Fatamatou, 32, and her family to keep their goats. They are now better equipped to face this year's lean season. WFP/Michael Sadleir
The land is deceptively green in the southern part of Mauritania. Recent rains may have allowed grass to grow and livestock to graze, but the region is still undergoing its “lean season” and, with meager harvests still some months away, the local populations of the southern regions of Brakna, Gorgol, Assaba, Tagant, and Guidimaka are struggling to see themselves through to harvest.