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For more information: www.ifrc.org/sahel The food crisis in the Sahel is leading to increased humanitarian action by the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. In some parts of the Sahel region of Africa, the rains in 2011/12 have been below average. With malnutrition levels chronically high, the erratic rainfall, drought and damage to crops have taken vulnerable populations beyond their capacity to cope. Rising food and fuel prices, decreasing incomes and migration are all adding to the problem, putting pressure on community reserves and pushing more people into poverty. In response, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has launched a series of appeals and disaster relief emergency fund contributions.