Prevalence of undernourishment

35 million people are still undernourished: Despite a significant decrease in undernourishment, many West Africans have been left behind. 10% of the population – around 35 million people – still suffer from chronic undernourishment or malnutrition. Among those particularly touched are the households of farmers excluded from the market, agro-pastoralists or pastoralists over-dependent on livestock and threatened by repeated droughts, and poor workers in the informal economy. These people – mostly women and children – are structurally vulnerable and unable to withstand the recurring shocks caused by droughts, floods, crop-destroying pests, economic crises and conflicts.

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