Malnourished children outside hospital in Gao, Mali. World Vision and Save the Children say that millions of families in the Sahel region are suffering in what is effectively a large-scale nutrition crisis. They say the main reason is not drought or food deficit, but a lack of protection against shock price rises. Photo: AFP
As global grain prices begin to climb, the Sahel countries of West Africa, those in the Horn, and in central and southern Africa – many of which depend mainly on imported cereals to feed their people – are most exposed to the impact of more expensive food, said the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).