Communiqué on the food and nutrition situation (June-August) and the 2017-18 agropastoral outlook

Communiqué on the food and nutrition situation (June-August) and the 2017-18 agropastoral outlook
Jul 2017

Despite good food supplies, the Sahel and West Africa remain marked by persistent food insecurity, exacerbated by the resurgence of armed attacks in the Lake Chad basin, in northern Mali and in the Liptako-Gourma region, which covers parts of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.

Based on the Cadre harmonisé’s projections for the June-August lean season, nearly 13.8 million people are food and nutrition insecure (phases 3 to 5). Of these, 1.6 million are in the emergency phase, mainly in Mali, Niger, northern Nigeria, Senegal and Chad, while some 50 000 people in Borno state, in northern Nigeria are experiencing famine. An increasing number of children are suffering from severe and moderate acute malnutrition linked to the reduced levels of care in health centres. In response to this situation, States and their partners continue to rally together to help vulnerable populations. Unfortunately, mobilised resources in support of these populations remain relatively low, in terms of providing food assistance, protecting livelihoods and fighting malnutrition.