With Islamists, putschists and nationalists claiming all the attention in Mali, the growing food crisis in the Sahel is in danger of slipping under the radar. There were poor rains in the 2011 growing season (June to November) and in Mauritania, 700,000 people are at high risk of food insecurity. In parts of the far south and east of the country, famine threatens. Across parts of the Sahel, from Chad to western Mali and even Senegal, the situation is already critical.
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