West Africa’s cereal production for the 2015-16 agricultural campaign is estimated at 64.4 million tonnes, representing increases of 5% and 13% respectively compared to last year (2014-15) and to the last five-year (2010-14) average. Despite the good harvest, some 6.7 million people are currently affected by food and nutrition insecurity, including nearly 4.2 million people who are displaced due to civil insecurity. The risk of food and nutrition insecurity is particularly high in the areas around the Lake Chad Basin, which are recording not only poor levels of agricultural production but also strong market disruption due to the security crisis. The nutrition situation remains a major concern, in particular in some areas of Sahelian countries and in Nigeria. Approximately 5.9 million West African children under the age of five may suffer from acute malnutrition in 2016 including 1.9 million from its most severe form, if adequate measures are not taken. This is very much a structural problem that emphasises the need to address the root causes of food insecurity and which confirms the relevance of the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR). Download the map

Climate, Climate Change & Resilience