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

Published : November 2020

According to March 2020 estimates (pre-Covid-19), some 17 million people were projected to be in a “Crisis” or worse situation by June-August 2020, including 1.2 million in emergency (phase 4). This is 5 million people more than the five-year average (Figure 2). A partial update of the Cadre harmonisé analysis was conducted in Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Togo in June 2020 (Pages 13 and 19). The number of acutely food-insecure people in Burkina Faso increased from 2.2 million to 3.4 million people, including 11 400 people facing famine (phase 5). Nigeria recorded an additional 1.55 million food insecure people, including 669 000 people facing an emergency situation (phase 4). New estimates for Togo indicated some 280 000 people facing a crisis (up from less than 4 000 people). The small coastal country particularly suffered from the impacts of Nigeria’s border closure and the effects of Covid-19-related protection measures.

Countries : Region

Themes : Agriculture & Value chains, Food security, Markets, prices & trade, Nutrition, Resilience, Social protection

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


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