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HOW TO: Prevent the Sahel's next food crisis

"'We need to bridge humanitarian and development interventions, and integrate all sectors. Crises are increasingly frequent and complex and go beyond the national and regional level; they need to be dealt with accordingly,'" said Patricia Hoorelbeke, the West Africa representative of Action Against Hunger/ACF International. The standard responses, or those crafted for past crises, are not a solution, she commented.

Drought threatens African humanitarian crisis

"Pastoralists – and settled farmers – from the rural areas are drifting into towns. Not just the men, who usually make seasonal migrations for work, but women and children too. These are sometimes epic journeys of up to 1,000km. Journeys made to escape the hunger.

'It’s difficult for people to adapt to these changes,' Patricia Hoorelbeke, the regional representative for Action Against Hunger, told me over the phone. 'But they have to. They have to move and it’s causing pressure on the land. And when they get to the towns, they have no money. It’s a big problem.'"

In Brief: Mixed blessing of first rain

"Sudden temperature change, the physiological demands on the digestive system of changing from a fodder to a grass diet, and water-borne diseases are always taxing for the cattle. 'Since the animals are already extremely weak, many are expected to die with the first rains,' said NGO Action Against Hunger’s (ACF) West Africa regional representative Patricia Hoorelbeke.

10 million fear worst as Sahel faces new food crisis

"Sixty kilometres (40 miles) from Mao, at Nokou, people make do with whatever dates they can find near dry river beds to survive, said a member of the Action contre la faim (Action against Hunger) NGO."

Q+A- Niger and Chad on hunger alert

"Action Against Hunger (ACF) is providing logistical and technical support for the Niger authorities' response, which includes cash-for-work programmes to create 800 new village grain banks and reinforce another 1,000 existing banks. ACF is also providing nutritional support to 18,000 acutely malnourished under-five-year-olds in southern Niger and cash-based grants to 1,900 vulnerable people to boost purchasing power at local food markets.

CHAD: Hungry season sets in early

"A nutrition survey conducted last December in Bahr El Ghazel, a semi-arid pastoral region in the west of the country, showed that 27 percent of the 687 under five children surveyed were underweight. This is almost double the emergency threshold set by the World Health Organization at 15 percent. Loan Tran-Thanh, the head of Action Against Hunger (ACF) in Chad which conducted the survey, told IRIN the results were alarming. 'This was in the middle of the harvest period when malnutrition rates should be lower than [during] the lean rain season,” she said.

INTERVIEW: Nutrition experts needed to tackle Chad hunger - UN official

"Action Against Hunger (ACF) recently highlighted the lack of investment in health services in Bahr el Gazal, a semi-arid region in western Chad where the agency plans to help just under half of the 17,000 children who face life-threatening malnutrition. Mariana Merelo Lobo, director of operations at ACF UK, told AlertNet that helping local people deal with the impact of recurring droughts in the "forgotten" area would require a sustained operation lasting at least a year."

Hunger, Malnutrition Rise in Western Chad

"Mariana Merelo Lobo, Director of Operations for Action Against Hunger tells VOA, the issue is growing worse. 'In the previous fifteen years we would have acute malnutrition rates of around 20 percent and at the end of last year we found almost 27 percent of acute malnutrition [in children under the age of five] which is very, very, very high,' she said. The humanitarian organization is launching a year-long emergency operation in the region that includes setting up local health centers and promoting community programs."

Staggering Malnutrition Rates Uncovered in Chad

BAHR EL GHAZAL, CHAD—A nutrition survey conducted in Bahr el Ghazal, a vast semi-arid region of western Chad, reveals global acute malnutrition rates well above the emergency threshold designated by the World Health Organization (WHO), Action Against Hunger | ACF International announced today. In response, the international humanitarian group has launched a multi-pronged intervention to support an estimated 17,000 children with the deadly condition in the region.

CHAD: Malnutrition in east persists into harvest season

"Of 853 children in Abéché surveyed in June 2009 by the NGO Action Contre la Faim, 22.7 percent of under-five children were acutely malnourished and 6 percent had severe acute malnutrition, according to World Health Organization norms."


About Action Against Hunger | ACF International

Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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