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Recovering from previous crises and laying the groundwork for resilience for populations affected by food insecurity in Mauritania

Mauritania had not fully recovered from the food price crisis of 2008 when an exceptionally severe drought struck the Sahel region in 2011-2012. The combination of poor harvests, high food prices and loss of livestock left much of the population severely food insecure. The conflict in Mali in 2012 exacerbated the crisis, disrupting food imports and triggering an influx of refugees. In mid-2012, during the peak lean season, almost a third of Mauritania’s population of 3.6 million were food insecure - the highest ever recorded.

Global acute malnutrition prevalence among children 6-59 months was 12 percent (“serious”), with certain areas beyond 15 percent and considered “critical”. By December 2012, 17 percent of Mauritanian households remained food-insecure.

Despite a relatively good 2012/2013 harvest and improved food availability, agricultural production remains insufficient to meet the country’s food requirements. Communities remain weakened by the cumulative shocks of previous crises. 

Food security monitoring indicates that 800,000 people will be food-insecure by July 2013.

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Country at a glance 2014
Planned Beneficiaries704,023
Beneficiary needs (mt)0
Beneficiary needs ($US)50,798,950
Donors - 2014 ($US)
Donors - Directed contributions
Multilateral contributionsUS$ 749,000
European Commission2,713,213
United Kingdom1,287,625
USA1,000,000
Japan900,000
Denmark546,349
Ireland205,198
Private Donors98,867
Threats to food security
  • Drought
  • Floods
  • Erratic rains
  • Desert locusts