SAHEL FOOD CRISIS - Niger, 2012: Farida Ousmane, 16, holds her 9-month-old brother, Laouli Ousmane, at the UNCEF-supported Routgouna Health Centre, in the town of Mirriah, Mirriah Department, Zinder Region. They are waiting for Laouli, who is malnourished, to be examined. With prompt global support, a full-scale nutrition crisis can still be averted. - © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-0176/Olivier Asselin
The Sahel covers parts of the territory of (from west to east) Senegal, southern part of Mauritania, Mali, southern part of Algeria, Niger, Chad, southern part of Sudan and Eritrea. It is bordered on the north by the Sahara and on the south by the less arid Savannah.