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FAO’s Strategic Response Plan for the Sahel

FAO’s Strategic Response Plan for the Sahel


The food and nutrition situation in the Sahel is still of concern with the impact of recent crises in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2012 holding back the possibilities of vulnerable households to rebuild their livelihoods.

In a context of widespread poverty, population explosion, chronic vulnerability and weakened resilience, recurring crises have eroded the productive capacities and the livelihoods of the already vulnerable population.

In 2014, more than 20 million people, including many that could not benefit from adequate livelihood support in the past years, remain food and nutrition insecure. Urgent action is required to protect their scarce resources and enable them to continue produce their own food.

3 priorities

  1. Enhance Early Warning Systems, information management and coordination

  2. Strengthen livelihoods (sustainable agriculture, livestock, fisheries activities) and protect natural resources
    (smart water and soil management) to help households to better cope with future shocks

  3. Restore the livelihoods of destitute farmers, agro-pastoralists,pastoralists and fishermen affected by the crisis (cash transfer, agricultural and livestock inputs provision)