Escaping the Hunger Cycle: Pathways to resilience in the Sahel

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26 Sep 2011

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This is an interesting and comprehensive report by the Sahel Working Group, discussing the chronic food and nutrition crisis across countries in the Sahel. It looks at the promising changes since 2005, what still failed in the 2010 response, and contains strong recommendations on how to follow the 'pathways to resilience'. It guides decision makers to strengthen preparedness, early response and rural livelihoods; and emphasise policies on social protection, disaster risk reduction, malnutrition and food price volatility. It is based on interviews with over 70 practitioners, researchers, representatives from donors, governments and the UN, as well as field visits in Niger and Chad, and relevant literature and reports.The Sahel Working Group (SWG) is an informal inter-agency network based in the UK, focusing mainly on Niger, Mali, Chad and Burkina Faso. It was formed to identify and implement solutions to the chronic vulnerability and hunger of communities, as highlighted by the chronic food crises in 2005 and 2010. The commissioning agencies of this report are Oxfam GB, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Plan UK, Save the Children UK, Tearfund and World Vision.