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Food Crisis In The Sahel: 6 Must-Reads

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Recurring droughts are causing chronic food insecurity in the Sahel region of West Africa. To address the food shortages threatening millions of lives, WFP and other aid agencies are scaling up humanitarian assistance. If you want to know more about the region and its current emergency, here are six 'must- read' articles (or must-see videos) to start you off.

1. Sahel In 10 Pictures

Huffington Post

Using 10 images from the region, Oxfam spokesperson Louis Belanger provides a useful overview of the scale of the problem and how it is affecting the region's inhabitants.

2. Sahel: Act Now To Avoid Another Crisis, Say Aid Agencies

IRIN

The highly respected humanitarian news service gives us a thorough walk-through of the crisis and the reasons why 11 million people risk sinking deeper into hunger, poverty or malnutrition.

3. Millions At Risk Of Severe Food Shortages In West Africa

BBC

The British broadcaster produced this very good 3-minute report exploring the Sahel crisis through the eyes of a poor family in Niger and also takes a look at some of the efforts being made to help.

4. Millions At Risk In African Drought

Al Jazeera

The news network takes a look at the crisis, highlighting the fear that the world will remain unaware of the Sahel crisis until it is too late and malnutrition has taken its toll on the region's children.

5. Niger Struggles To Feed Itself At The Best Of Times

The Guardian

As Niger prepares itself for a food emergency after erratic rains last year and a surge in food prices, humanitarian agencies are stepping up malnutrition screening.

6. Women On The Front Lines Of Hunger 

New York Times

Denise Brown, WFP's country director in Niger, reveals the amazing resilience of women in the West African nation where she is stationed, and explains how they are coping at the moment.