CILSS Regional Report for West Africa and the Sahel 2023

The report is the outcome of a close collaboration with the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS). CILSS was created on September 12, 1973, following the major droughts that struck the Sahel in the 1970s. It groups thirteen member states, including eight coastal states (Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal, Togo); four landlocked states (Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Chad) and one island state (Cabo Verde).

CILSS's mandate is to work towards food security and combat the effects of drought and desertification, in order to achieve a new ecological balance in the Sahel. Our collaboration with CILSS ensures that our report reflects the most up-to-date and reliable information to assist stakeholders in making informed decisions to address food insecurity in the region.

Full report

Download the full report for a comprehensive analysis of the acute food insecurity in the region in 2022.

In Brief

The In Brief provide a quick and easy way to grasp the key findings of the report.


A concerning nutrition situation

Child malnutrition in the region continues to be a cause for concern, with an estimated 12.5 million children suffering from acute malnutrition in 2022, and 12.25 million expected to be affected in 2023.


Insecurity in cross-border areas

The intensification of conflicts and civil and cross-border insecurity continues to lead to a deterioration in the food and nutrition situation, mainly in five countries of the region - Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, northern Nigeria and western Chad.