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"Without the garden we would not be able to survive."-- Maka Djibo
Across the Sahel of West Africa, 10 million people are facing an acute food crisis. It’s now the middle of the “hunger gap” season, the difficult months, as families wait for the next harvest in September and October. Things will get more difficult day by day.
Drought across the Sahel has triggered the crisis, robbing farmers of healthy harvests and shrinking the pasture on which herders depend to feed their livestock. Chad, Mali, and Niger are the worst hit.
Cassava blight, a shortage of rain in West Africa, and food prices that never went down after the food crisis in 2008 all add up to hunger for some of the world's poorest countries.