Caritas nutritional centres in Burkina Faso will be protecting over 21,000 under-fives from malnutrition as fears of a food crisis grow across West Africa’s Sahel region.
Nearly two million people face hunger in Burkina Faso, where the price of corn has increased by a third compared to 2010 and the production of grain has fallen by 16 percent.
Caritas is launching an appeal for €1.7 million ($ 2.3 million) to provide food and other aid for over 45,000 people in Burkina Faso. Caritas is also working across the region, in Niger, Mali, Chad, Senegal and Mauritania.
“We must act now to avoid tragedy in the months to come,” said Fr Isidore Ouedraogo, the executive secretary of OCADES-Caritas Burkina Faso. “Today, we are witnessing thousands of people who eat only one meal a day. By intervening now, Caritas will help them survive the lean season when the lack of food is most acute.”