“At this time of year, grain prices should be as low as possible. But it is quite the opposite this year,” writes Gaston Goro of Caritas Mali, speaking of the food situation in West Africa. “The desolation and anxiety affect everyone.”
Parts of West Africa faces a looming food crisis, this time primarily in the Sahel region. There have been significant declines in crop production in countries such as Niger and Mali. Food prices – especially for grains, including corn and millet – are high. The situation is seriously affecting access to food for the poorest households.
“The situation will last until next harvest, October 2013,” continues Goro about the situation in Mali. “If nothing is done, the crop failure could cause an acute food crisis.”
Caritas is closely monitoring the situation and planning a response that includes all Caritas members involved in the region, especially Caritas Niger, Caritas Mali, and Caritas […]