Governments in the Sahel and international relief agencies have been quick off the mark in acknowledging a looming food crisis. (..) Part of the reason for the swift response is a change of government in Niger, ranked 186th out of 187 countries in the human development index. (..) Denise Brown, director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) office in Niger, agreed. "The government in Niger came out early and jointly with international agencies and NGOs acknowledging it needed help. My colleagues have been astonished by the change and the transparency."