Far from the cool coastal temperatures of the Senegalese capital Dakar lies Bady, a dusty, dry village in Eastern Senegal.
Sitting on the edge of Western Africa's Sahel region, Bady village is being swept up in a wave of drought and hunger. With temperatures of over 40°C, it's the middle of the dry season and the intense heat is taking its toll on the 1012 people who live here.
Tamba Cissokho, a farmer who lives in the village revealed the full extent of the problem, with last year's poor harvest leaving his family struggling to put food on the table. "The situation today is the worst I’ve known in my life."
"Last year's harvest was really bad. We only managed to harvest 5kg of peanuts, millet and maize, and if we eat three meals a day, I need 200kg of food per month to feed my family."
He explains that crops planted in the already sun-scorched earth failed to grow as the last season's rains did not come. With the ground dry and turning to dust, finally the rains arrived. But instead of swelling the crops ahead of harvest, the crops were washed away in flash floods as the dry land could not absorb the rainwater.
Left with very little, Tamba and his family have turned to less traditional methods to fill their stomachs. "We try to increase the quantity of food by collecting wild leaves from the forest which is 5km from here, which we mix in with flour.
With the dry period set to continue through to June at least, when the next rains are due, Tamba is worried for his family’s future.
"We don't have enough food... Our children are getting sick and some villagers are developing some problems with their vision," he tells me. When we do have food, it’s the kids who eat first. But we need support – food for now and help to boost the capacity of our farming."
ActionAid is providing emergency food aid to the Tambacouda and Kedougou regions in Senegal, and has a number of long-term projects in the region helping to make the area more food secure.