Training on best practices in nutrition for women. Many of them are already applying new culinary recipes such as improved porridge with amaranth.
Photo: Sidi Lamine Cissé Kobé

03.04.2019

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The Sahel remains a conflictive region. In addition, many people suffer from recurring food crises. Pastoralists and farmers fight for food and fodder to survive. Resilience plays an important role. This article focuses on Mali and its interventions to be more resilient to food crises.

Every year, food crises in the Sahel region cause food insecurity for six to ten million people. While in all Sahel countries, populations are structurally in the grip of hunger and malnutrition, Mali is the theatre of successive food and nutrition crises aggravating an alarming chronic situation. Food insecurity essentially appears in two forms – in a cyclical food and nutrition insecurity and in a structural food and nutrition insecurity. The cyclical form of food insecurity is caused by climate change events at almost regular intervals. These shocks also affect the behaviour of vulnerable households, which abandon good practices that do not provide them with immediate solutions. The structural food and nutrition insecurity is caused by fragile ecosystems and degradation of natural resources, poor performance of production systems, monetary and non-monetary poverty, inadequate feeding practices, shocks and aggravating factors, as well as internal and external conflicts.

Joining forces for resilience in Sahel

In 2012, the region’s stakeholders decided to combine their efforts and created the Global Alliance for Resilience in Sahel and West Africa (AGIR).

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