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Four-year-old Luli Nunow, suffering from severe acute malnutrition, sits in a ward of the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) NGO in Dadaab, on July 22, 2011. MSF is currently treating over 7,000 children for malnutrition in this, one of three camps at Dadaab. (Phil Moore/AFP/Getty Images)

A serious food and nutrition crisis is threatening the Sahel region, with over 10 million people already facing food insecurity and over 1.5 million children at risk of severe acute malnutrition. Eight countries across the Sahel, including the entire countries of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger and the northern regions of Cameroon, Nigeria and Senegal are affected.

Small farms are the key to global food security, according to the UN. "The main challenge is to improve incentives so that they promote and lead to the development of sustainable agriculture by small farm holders" Source: Eat Drink Better