West Africa: Efforts to help millions amid record hunger and rising prices
West Africa is facing an unprecedented famine crisis.
In just 3 years, the number of hungry families has quadrupled. Now, rising food and fuel prices are making it harder for them to cope and draining resources to help.
- World Food Program (WFP) April 14, 2022
As of June alone, an estimated 43 million people were affected by severe food insecurity.
The agency said the extra money could have provided 6 million school children with nutritious food every day for six months.
It also comes at a time when millions of families, Ukraine conflict, climate and Covid-19 Struggling in the food crisis caused by the epidemic and in such a situation now the challenge of inflation.
Millions are at risk
Chris Nicoi, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s regional director for West Africa, said: Where she has to take food from the hungry, she has to feed those who are dying of hunger.
The UN Food Agency was forced to cut back on food supplies to Nigeria, the Central African Republic, Chad, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Mali and Niger before the Ukraine war due to limited funding.
Fear of social unrest
People in Ghana are already facing this situation.
The sharp rise in prices means that consumers are already buying less. Elizabeth Arhinful, who runs a market in a busy country, recently said, “In August last year, I had to pay 105 Ghanaian CDs (about $ 13) for a gallon of oil. But this year, less than a year later, it’s worth 400 CDs (about $ 52). ”
Elvira Prussina, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s regional deputy director, warned of the potentially dire consequences of the food and nutrition crisis: Rising food prices will actually provoke food insecurity, political instability, social unrest, as we have seen in the last decades. ”
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WFP / Chick Omar Bandogo
The UN Food Agency has stepped up its campaign to reach 20 million people in West Africa in the face of this new crisis.
This includes about 8 million people living in five countries in the Sahel region – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.
To meet these needs, the agency will need approximately $ 951 million over the next six months, although Chris Nico has emphasized the need for long-term solutions.