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Mali: Sahel: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, the Niger and Senegal Regional overview - October 2019

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal
High levels of insecurity and intercommunal conflict persist in various areas across the Sahel, particularly in parts of Burkina Faso, Mali and the Niger. Population displacements are thus significantly increasing, with over 800 000 refugees and nearly 1 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in the region, of whom 486 360 IDPs in Burkina Faso alone – a sharp increase in the country compared with the 80 000 at the beginning of the year. The outcome of the 2019 rainy season was negative in several countries along the Atlantic coast of West Africa, particularly in Mauritania and Senegal. This is likely to affect agropastoral livelihoods, leading to increased food insecurity and malnutrition in 2020. Furthermore, unfavourable forage production was recorded in parts of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and the Niger, and some areas of Mauritania and Senegal experienced forage deficits for the third consecutive. Providing immediate agricultural support is crucial to support the livelihoods of vulnerable displaced and host families to improve their food security and nutrition, as well as to reduce the risk of tensions over already limited natural resources.


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