A distress call has been given by the Economic Community of West African States to the global community about the serious shortage of food in the Sahel region in Africa and about the millions who are facing starvation.
This has been reported in CNN dated the 6th of June 2012.
The food shortage is due to several factors like poor harvests, widespread drought and soaring food prices. Coupled with these is the migration of people towards Burkina Faso, Niger and Mauritania due to turmoil in Mali.
This turmoil has, reportedly, displaced more than 300,000 persons.
The Prime Minister of Togo Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo has informed that, compared to last year, there has been a 9% less production of cereals in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
To meet the immediate needs, the West African community has released $80-million – but this is like a drop in the ocean when the minimum requirement is around $800-million.
The UN World Food Program is gearing up to tackle the situation.
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