West Africa facing its worst food crisis

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  • April 12, 2022
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West Africa facing its worst food crisis

Part of: Prelims and GS II – International Relations

Context: Nearly a dozen international organisations said in a report that West Africa is facing its worst food crisis in a decade due to increasing conflicts, droughts, floods and the war in Ukraine.

Key highlights of the report

  • The number of West Africans needing emergency food assistance has nearly quadrupled from 7 million in 2015 to 27 million this year in nations including Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Mali and Nigeria, where thousands have also been displaced because of rising Islamic extremist violence.
  • The number could jump to 38 million by June if action isn’t taken soon to help people in the Sahel, the sweeping region south of the Sahara Desert.

News Source: TH

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