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The Sahel faces complex food and climate challenges

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Subject

Food security and climate change challenges in the Sahel.

Significance

Despite improved cereal output in 2018-19, many communities have entered the annual ‘lean season’ in a fragile position. Climate change is slowly destabilising the regional balance, while spreading insecurity prevents the region from realising the full benefit of its sustained development efforts.

Impacts

  • At 17.7% above the five-year average, the 2018-19 cereal harvest offers a good basis to meet needs during the May-September lean season.
  • Local shortages should be spotted by robust regional early warning systems, with emergency grain stocks and donors ready to step in.
  • Pastoralist populations are in a particularly vulnerable position, as insecurity affects access to many important grazing zones.
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