Senegal’s hungry say they need help now

Published on 15 May 2012

About 810,000 people in the country (Senegal) are facing hunger, and the national cereal production is down by 36 percent compared to 2010, according to a study by the Senegalese government and the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP). The situation is part of the wider crisis in the Sahel region - a semi-arid belt of land south of the Sahara desert - where the United Nations estimates that more than 15 million people are facing food insecurity because of a combination of drought, failed crops, insect infestations, high food prices and conflict. (..) Senegal, when compared to other governments in the Sahel region, was late to declare it was facing a food crisis.

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