Famine Strikes in Burkina Faso as Farmers Seek Help

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

Burkina Faso has been struck by drought and desertification which has resulted in famine.

The landlocked West African nation of Burkina Faso has been hard hit by drought and desertification.

The AFP and Africanews report that the landlocked nation has been hit hard by draught which has caused large scale hunger among its citizens.  Just east of capital Ouagadougou, once fertile land is now dry.

The country which is famed for food production and fertile earth has turned a shadow of itself. Previously productive lands are now good for gathering pebbles, due to years of drought and the erosion of the top soil.

The slow advance of desertification, comes as populations from the north and across the Sahel are being pushed from their homes by violence linked to jihadists.

Food insecurity already affects two million people in Burkina Faso, according to the latest report from its government and aid groups.

The crisis in Burkina Faso already has displaced about 850,000 people, leaving many subsistence farmers unable to feed their families.

Some people who have stopped cultivating have tried to become traders, buying and selling food at local markets. But customers have little money to spend.

Source: African News


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