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West Africa Food Crisis 2012

The Sahel region of West Africa is facing a hunger crisis in 2012 with the UN and governments estimating that more than 13 million people in Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Chad are at risk of serious food shortages. Please give generously and help us strengthen vulnerable communities. www.tearfund.org/westafrica

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Why are 10 millions West Africans hungry? The outlook for West Africa's hunger crisis in 2013 has improved in some parts of the region compared to 2012 when 18 million people were at risk of hunger. Photo: Richard Hanson/Tearfund

One way Tearfund is supporting people is by helping them to start market gardens. Here growing beds take shape in #Niger #food #Africa

‘Sometimes I collect wild leaves to prepare for food but we don’t have any left after someone stole them. Those leaves would have given us #food for two or three days.’ Azourfa, #Niger. #Africa

A postcard from West Africa.

A malnourished 18-month-old in drought stricken Niger, #Africa. Her mother said: “We ate yesterday but we don’t have anything for today. Tomorrow, I don’t know. Maybe God will provide for me so I can eat tomorrow. Neighbours used to help us if they had enough food themselves but they don’t have anything for us today so we won’t eat.” You can help children like this one by visiting www.tearfund.org/...

A health worker in Dosso province, #Niger, weighs a severely malnourished 9 month old baby girl as the #food crisis continues to ravage West Africa. Photo Credit: Richard Hanson/Tearfund

People queuing to buy millet from a Tearfund run grain bank in Issakitchi village, #Niger #food #africa Richard Hanson/Tearfund

Children collecting water on camels and donkeys at Issakitchi, Dosso province. #hunger #africa #sahel Richard Hanson/Tearfund

Tearfund helped to set up a market garden initiative which enabled Azourfa, a mother from Niger, to grow cabbages. She says it helped her a lot but now this vegetable supply has run out. “If it wasn’t for the market gardening work, the situation would be worse and I would be suffering a lot more." #sahel #hunger Richard Hanson/Tearfund

Tearfund has been working through partner teams in Niger, Mali, Chad and Burkina, the countries worst affected, to build resilience in village food supplies through market gardening. With this food crisis seen as the worst in recent memory, teams have increased their emergency response, providing food rations of millet and running cash-for-work projects as well as selling food at reduced prices and supporting grain banks. #food #africa Richard Hanson/Tearfund

"Sometimes the children cry and complain with hunger," said one mother from #Niger. "I try and convince them that I will find something for them though I know it is not easy. Sometimes I would lie to them to convince them. It’s painful because if I lie after a few hours the children will realise what I have said is not true." Richard Hanson/Tearfund

18 million people are affected with many children suffering from malnutrition, and acute hunger has forced families to survive on little more than leaves. #Africa Richard Hanson/Tearfund

Binta feeds her family their daily meal in the severely #food crisis affected area of Dosso province in #Niger. Photo Credit: Richard Hanson/Tearfund

Five months ago Azourfa’s husband left Kamrey, a village in southern Niger, to find work in Nigeria. Unable to carry firewood to sell, due to an injury, Azourfa now collects goat droppings for use as fertilizer by a local farmer who pays a fraction of what she needs to buy millet. #Niger #africa #food Richard Hanson/Tearfund