Growing food insecurity that is already affecting tens of millions of people across West Africa and the Sahel, must not be ignored by the international community, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday.
More than 1.3 million people have been plunged into extreme poverty in the Sahel, as the Belt of Africa experiences its deepest recession since independence due to COVID-19.
Long before the pandemic, the Western Sahel was being reshaped by climate change. Farmers and herders have been clashing over fertile land and, lacking opportunities, many young people have been recruited to violent groups. Ornella Moderan, the head of the Sahel programme at the Institute for Security Studies, explains why.
And Fairtrade Foundation CEO Michael Gidney talks to Al Jazeera about the effect climate change is having on the 1.8 million farmers his non-profit organisation works with.
A spat between the French and Malian governments is threatening to derail a fragile alliance against armed groups in the Sahel region of North Africa.
Last month, Mali’s interim prime minister accused France of abandonment over its decision to reduce its military presence in the region.
On Tuesday, Mali summoned France’s ambassador and expressed “indignation” over Macron’s words.
Tensions between the two countries were already high before the dispute – after reports surfaced that Mali was in talks to hire Russian mercenaries for security.
So, what are the risks?
Presenter: Adrian Finighan
Fabrice Pothier – Chief strategy officer at Rasmussen Global
Ovigwe Eguegu – Security analyst at Afripolitika
Andrew Lebovich – Policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations