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GIEWS Update-detail
FAO/GIEWS Global Watch

14 December 2011



  • Estimates for the 2011 harvest point to a large decline in cereal production in the Sahel, following erratic rains and extended dry spells throughout the growing period.

  • Most affected areas include the sahelian band of Chad, the agro-pastoral zone of Mauritania, the North of the regions of Kayes and Koulikoro and the Niger river Delta in Mali, the North, Centre-North and East of Burkina Faso, the regions of Niamey, Tillabéry and the South-East of Zinder in Niger and certain localized zones of Senegal and the Gambia.

  • As a result, cereal prices are on the increase in several countries, unlike the normal seasonal patterns.

  • Urgent actions needed in affected countries to prevent a further deterioration of the food situation were discussed in a recent meeting of the Sahel Food Crises Prevention Network (FCPN) * held in Praia, Cape Verde, from 8 to 10 December and are summarized in the report here: FINAL COMMUNIQUE

* The FCPN brings together West Africa’s main food security actors, including representatives from development co-operation agencies of OECD member countries (in particular Austria, Canada, France, Italy, the United States and the European Commission), West African states, regional organisations (ECOWAS, UEMOA, CILSS), international organisations (ECHO, FAO, OMM, SWAC/OECD, UNICEF, UNOCHA, WFP, etc.), early warning programmes and information systems (FEWS NET), farmers' and agricultural producers' organisations (ROPPA), specialised NGOs (Afrique Verte, FICR, Oxfam, Save the Children, etc.) and other civil society actors.