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Key figures

  • 1,017,000 People affected [?]
  • 359,000 People in Need [?]
  • 331,000 Moderate humanitarian conditions - Level 3 [?]
  • 28,000 Severe humanitarian conditions - Level 4 [?]



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 the March 2020 Cadre Harmonisé analysis over 609,000 people will face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food insecurity between June and August 2020. The depletion of food stocks and consequences from the COVID-19 containment measures contributed to a rise in food insecurity. Trarza, Brakna, Gorgol, Guidimakha and Assaba districts are areas of particular concern in 2020 as a result of a drop in fodder production and inability to feed livestock.?

Latest Developments


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

Key Priorities


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.?