West Africa runs the risk of becoming overlooked. Hunger, displacement, and humanitarian need are reaching never-before-seen levels due to armed conflict and the effects of climate change. Humanitarian aid is required for about 17 million people in the Central Sahel (Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mali). However, there is a growing financing shortfall for humanitarian help during a period of escalating global issues. We must operate differently if we are to successfully meet pressing needs and provide solutions for sustained development. Reducing the impact of crises and, consequently, response costs can be achieved by increasing investments in early warning systems, prevention, and anticipatory action. This can help vulnerable households find long-term solutions rather than band-aid remedies in the form of livestock.