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GIEWS Special Alert No. 349 - West Africa - Sahel, 16 May 2022

Food insecurity at unprecedented levels in most coastal and Sahelian countries

Year of publication2022
AbstractAn estimated 27.3 million people are facing acute food insecurity between March and May 2022. This number is projected to increase to an unprecedented 38.3 million between June and August 2022 if humanitarian interventions are not scaled up. The alarming high level of food insecurity is due to localized shortfalls in cereal production in 2021, worsening conflicts, high food prices and macroeconomic challenges compounded by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of food insecure people could increase above initial projections in the second half of 2022 as spikes in food and fuel prices, exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, are likely to worsen access to food. Further aggravating risk factors to food insecurity are the high prices of agricultural inputs, notably fertilizers, persisting insecurity and forecast localized unfavourable weather conditions that could have additional negative impacts on agricultural production.
Available inEnglish
Product typeNewsletter
SeriesGIEWS - Special Alerts
Areas of workGlobal Information and Early Warning System
KeywordsCrop production; food security; markets; trade; prices; food insecurity; macroeconomics.