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UN warns: Sahel food crisis could be disaster in 3 months if…

Sahel DroughtSahel Drought (Photo: unmultimedia.org)
February 16, 2012

With 12 million people threatened by serious food crisis in the Sahel, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO has said urgent action must be taken to avoid disaster.

The UN Humanitarian Affairs office said the severe food shortages are said to be largely due to drought, poverty and staple food price hike.

FAO Director General, José Graziano da Silva, told an emergency meeting of UN agencies and donors, that during the UN agencies in Rome, that there’s little time left.

"We have little time to act. We have two or three months, not more, " the FAO boss warned at the Rome meeting on Wednesday.

Five Sahel countries, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, have declared an emergency situation and called for international help.

The meeting was held to discuss how to urgently step up assistance in the Sahel region and ahead of the forum, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeren said: ‘’The needs of the millions affected by drought in the Sahel are enormous and the time to act is now…to prevent a crisis from becoming a disaster.’’

Claude Gbidar, Regional Director of the UN World Food Programme, WFP says, about US$725million is needed to help the Sahel region.

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