There is a looming food crisis in the Sahel, a geographic ‘belt’ that stretches across central Africa from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea.
After the hand-wringing and finger-pointing following the famine in East Africa last year, you would think the international community would already be mobilizing to prevent a similar tragedy from unfolding again right before our eyes.
As The Guardian reports:
More than 13 million people are at risk of hunger in the Sahel, with more than 10 million now considered food-insecure. More than 1 million children are at risk of severe malnutrition.
BBC Oxfam warns of catastrophe
Millions of people, perhaps as many as a billion people, suffer from hunger and inadequate, intermittent access to food. Malnutrition in children is a massive global health problem. And “food insecurity” is on the increase due to rising food prices, agricultural losses, instability and an inequitable food distribution industry.
InterAction, with funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), has developed Food Security Aid Map to provide detailed project-level information on food security and agriculture work being done by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). The site can be browsed by location, sector, organization or project.
Below is a screen grab. Here is a link to the interactive map.
Food crisis map
The Environmental Working Group and ActionAid have collaborated to create an interactive world map highlighting countries at highest risk of a food crisis due to the recent food price hikes.
These organizations emphasize that biofuel production and trade policies have contributed to increased demand for crops like soybeans and corn which, in turn, has put pressure on the prices of these and other major food staples. Go here for the interactive map (below is just a screen grab):
Data was compiled from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the World Bank. You can click on three categories to see where citizens are suffering the most in response to near-record prices for commodities (corn, soybeans, wheat and rice). Many countries rely on these as basic food staples.