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15 February 2012

Aid workers are facing a trio of challenges in northern Mali: extensive drought-induced food insecurity and pasture shortages; conflict between Tuaregs and the Malian army; and the resulting displacement of thousands more Tuaregs, say aid agencies on the ground.


14 February 2012

Almost nine million people urgently need food assistance in the Sahel region of Africa following a severe drought. Mali is one of the countries caught in the crisis. (..) WFP runs school feeding in Mali to save children from hunger and malnutrition and keep them in class. (..) Aboubacar S. Guindo, a WFP school feeding officer, talks about where Mali's program stands now as we head into critical months of this hunger emergency.


9 February 2012

Northern Malian rebels have seized the strategic border town of Tinzawatene after two days of fighting forced government troops to withdraw into Algeria, rebel and government officials said on Wednesday. The fighting in the remote northeastern town comes as aid agencies said some 50,000 Malians have been forced from their homes in three weeks of desert clashes by a rebel force bolstered by Malians returning from Libya's conflict.


7 February 2012

In the last few weeks, a Tuareg group called the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad has attacked six towns in the north of the country. (..) The attacks come as the Malian government is implementing an emergency action plan to distribute food to parts of the country affected by drought. (..) Aid agencies in Mali are monitoring the security situation carefully. (..) Malek Triki, West Africa spokesman for the UN World Food Programme, says "WFP sub-offices remain open, though our staff are taking extra security precautions, especially in the northern regions of Timbuktu, Kidal and Gao."


7 February 2012

Some 12,000 Malians have fled fighting in the towns of Ménaka and Anderamboucane in northern Mali and reached already food-insecure villages around Tillabéri in western Niger, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Niger’s capital, Niamey. (..) Niger’s Tillabéri region has been hardest hit by the 2011 drought and poor harvest and many inhabitants are already facing severe food insecurity, according to the government and aid agencies.


25 January 2012

Aid groups have warned that hunger threatens between 5 and 9 million people in countries in Africa's Sahel region just below the Sahara including Chad, Niger, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Mali. (..) Even in an average year 450,000 children in Chad need treatment for acute malnutrition, but the number will increase dramatically this year.


16 July 2011

They play, they sing and they transform the ambiance and fill it with happiness, positivity and hopes for peace. (..) The couple also helps in the battle against hunger as ambassadors of the United Nations World Food Programme.


23 March 2011

Television viewers across Mali can now get the latest news on which parts of the West African country face a risk of food shortages and malnutrition. The regular bulletins on nationwide food security come thanks to the Early Alert System (EAS) (..). The EAS service, funded by Mali’s government and international partners including the European Union, U.S. AID and the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP), was first set up after severe droughts in the early 1980s, to provide accurate information to aid workers assisting hungry people in the northern regions of Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal.


3 December 2010

IN SOME ways Alhaji Bunu Fodio is lucky: at least his house is still standing. Most of Kagara, his dusty village in Nigeria’s far north, was smashed to smithereens during this year’s rainy season when an unexpected deluge burst a nearby dam. (..) The rest of the world spends vast sums sustaining life in the Sahel. The UN’s World Food Programme, which is funded largely by governments of rich countries, has asked its backers for $300m-plus to spend on emergency aid this year.


22 October 2010

Mali’s crisis early warning system is lauded in the sub-region for its accuracy and efficiency but some say good, timely information warning of the impact of poor rains on grazing land and water availability this year, did not necessarily translate into a swift response by the government or international community. n neighbouring Niger, President Mahamadou Danda appealed to the international community for emergency aid to stem the food insecurity crisis in March 2010, but the government of Mali did not.