Food and nutrition trends in the Sahel and West Africa, 2017-21

Published : April 2021

Absorbed by the permanent management of food emergencies, many countries are struggling to address the root causes of food and nutrition crises. Between 2019 and 2021, the number of people in need of food assistance during the lean season (June-August) increased from 9.7 million people to 27.1. This explosion in food assistance requirements is occurring in a context of severe budgetary tensions caused by overlapping crises (food, security, health, etc.). The permanent recourse to emergency food assistance compromises the investment capacity of governments to tackle the structural causes of hunger and malnutrition.

Countries : CILSS area, ECOWAS area, UEMOA area

Scale : Regional (West Africa)

Langs : English

See also

ECOWAS countries with more than 1 million acutely-food insecure people (phases 3-5)


Acutely-food insecure people in the UEMOA area (phase 3-5)


The ECOWAS area facing the 2021 food and nutrition crisis


The UEMOA area facing the 2021 food and nutrition crisis


Sahel and West Africa: 19.6 million people in a "Crisis" situation or worse, March-May 2021