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Deepening food security and nutrition crisis in West Africa - A call for action

Greater West Africa (including all member states of ECOWAS, Mauritania, Cameroon, Chad and the Central African Republic) is facing the highest level of acute food insecurity since 2014. More than 31 million in the region will not have sufficient food to meet their consumption needs during the upcoming lean season (May - August).


Exacerbating the situation further, violence continues to rise in the region, with a concerning trend of increased targeting of civilians and humanitarians, displacing populations from their communities and livelihoods. The Liptako Gourma area (Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger), the Lake Chad Basin (northeast Nigeria), the Central African Republic and parts of Cameroon are particularly affected.


The region is also facing severe price hikes. The food prices were 39% higher in early 2021 compared to the five-year average, and 56% of the markets under WFP’s monitoring show alert or crisis levels. The high food prices are adding to an early start of the lean season, as people’s purchasing power is eroded.

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Organization(s): 
World Food Programme
Original Publication Date: 
30 Apr 2021
Document type: 
Appeal