Food and nutrition situation outlook, June-August 2016

Published : March 2016

In March-May 2016, the region counted some 6.7 million people facing food and nutrition insecurity. Nearly 4.2 million of them have been displaced because of the security situation in the Lake Chad area, northern Mali, Libya, the Central African Republic and Sudan. Mitigation measures put in place since December have benefited some 1.2 million vulnerable people who were previously suffering from food insecurity.  In spite of this progress, it is estimated that the situation of some 9.5 million vulnerable people will get worse during the coming lean period (June-August), unless appropriate measures are taken. Similarly, malnutrition remains a cause for concern, with an increase in levels of acute malnutrition – above the warning or emergency thresholds – in certain regions of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal. Approximately 5.9 million children under the age of five are at risk of acute malnutrition this year, and 1.9 million of them could suffer from its severe form if necessary measures are not implemented.

Themes : Food security, Nutrition

Scale : Regional (West Africa)

Langs : English

See also

Sahel and West Africa: 11.4 million acutely food-insecure people


Sahel and West Africa: 17 million acutely food-insecure people


Food and nutrition security outlook 2020


Prevalence of severe food insecurity


Food insecurity in northeast Nigeria