• Crisis Severity ?
    2.8
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Impact ?
    3.2
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
    2.9
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Complexity ?
    2.3
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Access Constraints ?
    1.0
    No constraints
    Extreme constraints

Key figures

  • 1,513,000 People affected [?]
  • 477,000 People in Need [?]
  • 457,000 Moderate humanitarian conditions - Level 3 [?]
  • 20,000 Severe humanitarian conditions - Level 4 [?]

Overview

08/01/2021

Mauritania is vulnerable to natural hazards such as droughts and flooding, causing malnutrition, disrupted livelihoods, and food insecurity. More than two-thirds of Mauritania is desert, and less than 1% of its land is usable for agriculture. The majority of the population (65%) provide for themselves through traditional agriculture and livestock farming and are heavily dependent on the rainy seasons, however, climate change has resulted in unpredictable seasonal rains, desertification and climatic conditions.? 

According to analysis from December 2020, over 409,000 people faced Crisis or worse (IPC Phase 3 or above) levels of food insecurity between September–December 2020. This is a 33% decrease from over 609,000 people who faced the same levels for the period June–August 2020, primarily because the lean season (the period between planting and harvesting when food reserves and incomes decrease) ended in November 2020.?

Latest Developments

12/10/2020

No significant recent humanitarian developments. This crisis is being monitored by our analysis team.

Key Priorities

07/07/2020

Nutrition: Malnutrition is widespread in Mauritania. More than 123,000 children will require emergency assistance to prevent and treat acute malnutrition in 2020, including more than 27,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition.?