Sahel is still vulnerable to food shortages, says UN official

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David Gressly (left) meets representatives from humanitarian organizations in Mali.

Although a catastrophe was averted in the Sahel last year, ten million people still need food assistance, according to a United Nations official.

David Gressly, the United Nations Regional Coordinator for the Sahel, was in New York recently to brief about the situation in the region.

The semi-arid Sahel, located between the Sahara desert to the north and the more fertile region to the south, is prone to drought.

Mr. Gressly tells UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha that 2012 was a very difficult year because of the drought of 2011 which led to food shortages across the region that  stretches from Senegal in the West to Sudan in the east.

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