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Residents of the Sahel region desperately need aid to avoid food security crisis

More than 11 million people in the Sahel region of North Africa are currently suffering from drought and food security woes, causing humanitarians to urge aid agencies to support these people, before poverty and famine reach an all time high, IRIN reports.

According to the news outlet, millions of farmers in this region from countries like Niger, Mauritania, Chad and Burkina Faso have still not recovered from the severe droughts and poor harvests in 2009. Since then, little has changed and more people are suffering based on higher food prices and less work in the area.

A combined government survey reports that in total, more than six million people are highly vulnerable to food insecurity - 2.9 million in Niger, 700,000 in Mali, more than one-forth of the entire population of Mauritania and more than 2 million in Burkina Faso.

"The intervals between these crises are getting smaller, so there is a very small amount of time to recover in between them," Thomas Yanga, regional director of the World Food Programme told the news outlet.

The publication reports that organizations are looking for help from outsiders in order to install new water projects to help keep water present even in drought situations. They are also looking to create better animal feed distribution and storage methods and to create new social protection programs in order to boost nutrition in the region. 
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