Rising Violence in
the Sahel
Image depicting Rising Violence in the Sahel
Photo: FAO/IFAD/WFP/Luis Tato
Photo: FAO/IFAD/WFP/Luis Tato
A Deadly Combo of Conflict & Climate Change

A rise in armed conflict, deteriorating security, widespread poverty and warmer temperatures are threatening the lives of millions of people across the Central Sahel – comprised of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.

Families have only barely recovered from the 2018 food crisis, and now they face a new enemy. Attacks on civilians have spiked, infrastructure is crumbling, and fighting between state and non-state armed groups has forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.


people are internally displaced across the three countries

3.3 M

people need immediate humanitarian assistance

53K Tons

of emergency food rations are needed

Square photograph of Niger Detailed photograph of Niger
Photo: WFP/Simon Pierre Diouf


WFP is providing assistance to the most crisis-affected people - including refugees and internally displaced persons - via food, emergency school meals and specialized nutrition products for children.

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Detailed photograph of Burkina Faso
Photo: WFP/George Fominyen

Burkina Faso

Here, WFP operations also include a local yogurt production project, treatment and prevention of malnutrition, small-scale farmer support, and micro and macro-insurance policies.

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Detailed photograph of Mali
Photo: WFP/Agron Dragaj


In Mali, 34% of infant deaths are directly related to under-nutrition. WFP provides nutrition assistance to children under 5 who are acutely malnourished and to pregnant women and nursing mothers.

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Survival in the Sahel

It’s always been an unforgiving landscape – hot, dry and sparse – but now families in the region are facing two growing threats at the same time: climate change and conflict. Boko Haram’s campaign of terror has displaced thousands of people as farmers and pastoralists clash over access to shrinking land. This Hacking Hunger episode takes you to Niger, where families are fighting for their lives.

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Photo: WFP/Simon Pierre Diouf

WFP is going beyond food delivery in the Sahel.

It’s investing in activities that improve livelihoods, restore ecosystems, create jobs and build social cohesion. These projects aim to transform lives, end hunger, reduce unsafe migration, educate young people and help families overcome conflict and climate change.

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$75 can provide a family of five with a WFP emergency box
which contains enough food for an entire month
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