Agencies warn of escalating food crisis in north Africa

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 23 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3372
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    Oxfam and other relief agencies have appealed for emergency aid to avert an impending famine in Africa’s Sahel region, complaining that the crisis has been worsened by a late and inadequate response by international donors.

    Last week the UN Food and Agricultural Organization’s global information and early warning system warned that the food situation in the region is of “grave concern, with over 10 million people at risk of hunger.”

    It says that the food crisis is affecting people in several countries: 7.8 million in Niger, two million in Chad, 258 000 in Mali, and 370 000 in Mauritania. Some communities in …

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