Beating Famine turns its attention to the Sahel
Land is being restored in Africa’s dry Sahel region to ensure food security
The semi-arid region known as the Sahel stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea between the Sahara Desert and the Sudanian Savannah. Most of the 135 million people living in it depend on agriculture, mainly crops and livestock, for their livelihoods but much of their land is degraded: up to 65 percent compared to a global average range of 15–20 percent. Degraded land weakens food and nutrition security, increasing the likelihood of chronic and acute malnutrition, human incapacity and social instability.