About Us

Our mission

SOS SAHEL invests in African solutions to food security, livelihood and climate challenges, bringing lasting sustainable development to the Sahel.

Our vision

A green, thriving Sahel that celebrates local ingenuity and knowledge to unlock the full potential of its resources and people.

As the only organization present in all 11 countries of the Sahel, SOS SAHEL is dedicated to core values that celebrate African voices and expertise.



We believe in amplifying the voices of all people with a stake in the Sahel’s development, especially marginalized groups like women and youth.


We believe in a greener, climate-conscious future, as well as facilitating independence through secure, prosperous livelihoods.


We believe that local communities hold invaluable knowledge and history that must be celebrated in pursuing sustainable development.


We believe in bridging the gaps between local, national, regional and international levels to make greater prosperity accessible to all people.


We believe Western-led development is insufficient, and we must expand who is at the table to innovate solutions to today’s challenges.


We believe our success is only possible through partnership, and maintaining transparency is a sign of respect and good faith.


The initiatives of local people are the driving force behind all of our actions. In each of our programs, rural communities, farming families and local entrepreneurs are the key program implementers. Supported by SOS SAHEL’s expertise and approach, they identify their needs and their priorities and work every day to realize their projects. SOS SAHEL is made up of about 400 people; and 95% of them are based in the field.

As active program implementers, we do not call these people beneficiaries; instead they are “actors”.

They are the active agents of their own change!

SOS SAHEL coordinates a network of local groups, regional offices, national governments and international organizations to further diffuse knowledge and best practices, and to advocate for the needs of civil society organizations in the policy development process on an international scale.

The Crisis

Severe droughts hit the Sahel causing an unprecedented food crisis: more than one million people died of hunger in West Africa.

A Solution

SOS Sahel was created, with the support of President Léopold Sédar Senghor, in order to respond to the massive food emergency in the Sahel.

Tragedy In Ethiopia
In Ethiopia, a severe drought resulted in over a million deaths.
Development Goals

The Millennium Development Goals were adopted by the United Nations. The first of which is "eradicating hunger and extreme poverty."

Emergency In The Sahel

Another drought leaves nearly 20 million people in the Sahel in an emergency situation.

The Next Chapter

On the 40th anniversary SOS SAHEL launched the Food Security and Nutrition Initiative 2025.