Malnutrition continues to be a silent killer in West Africa. It is estimated that more than five million children are suffering from global acute malnutrition in the region. Niger and Mauritania are among the most affected.

In many West African countries, WFP’s school feeding programs are linked with nutritional interventions: meals provided to schoolchildren are fortified with micronutrients and vitamins.  School feeding also helps local production through local purchases of beans, peas or sorghum from small producers.  These local purchases help to improve the income of small farmers and boost production. WFP currently has school feeding programs in 16 countries which help feed about 2.5 million children.

Photography: WFP / Rein Skullerud