18 million at risk in the Sahel food crisis [infographic]

In the Sahel region of West Africa, families are facing a grim reality. A food crisis is now threatening more than 18 million people. Without help they won't get enough to eat.

Drought, poor harvests, the lingering effects of an earlier food crisis in 2010, and high prices in the market are part of the problem -- and so is poverty. It forces farmers and herders to make impossible choices: if they sell their tools and livestock now, to get money to get food, then how will they make a living later when the rains return?

Oxfam aims to help more than one million people weather this crisis. We are working with them on irrigation, market gardens, cash transfers and cash-for-work initiatives, veterinary care for the livestock on which many families depend, and access to clean water and sanitation.

We produced this infographic to show the latest information about who’s affected and where, Oxfam’s response, and how you can help.

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Please share the infographic with others, tweet about it, blog it, pin it – and help us raise awareness about a crisis that’s not making headlines. Also, join us in using #Sahel2012 to highlight the urgency of this crisis.

Right now – like many aid groups – we are far short of our fundraising goal. Some people can only feed their children once a day, and malnutrition rates are climbing.

Act now

Please donate if you can.

Or sign the #Sahel2012 petition.

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