16 June 2010
Logistical and funding constraints could cause shortages in the food aid pipeline from July onward, hampering distributions to some of Niger's 7.8 million food-insecure people, say NGOs and the World Food Programme (WFP). More cash distributions could be the answer. "There are gaps – we don't have all the food we would like to have, and of the resources we have received, we are struggling to ensure food will be available for distribution during the critical lean season," Gianluca Ferrera, head of WFP in Niger, told IRIN.
11 June 2010
Only five years after a severe food shortage north-central Africa is again fearing the worst before the September harvest, with 10 million people threatened in this arid region known as the Sahel. (..) But the World Food Programme's (WFP) deputy director for Niger, Gianluca Ferrera, warned of a shortfall of up to 40 million dollars (33 million euros) for Niger alone to make ends meet until September.In Chad, where up to two million people need assistance, the United Nations is working to avert "disaster" and the WFP has launched an emergency operation for more than 700,000 people.
28 May 2010
At this time of year, the Gadabeji Reserve should be refuge for the nomadic tribes who travel across a moonscape on the edge of the Sahara to graze their cattle. But the grass is meager after a drought killed off the last year's crops. Now the cattle are too weak to stand and too skinny to sell, leaving the poor without any way to buy grain to feed their families.
The threat of famine is again stalking the Sahel, a band of semiarid land stretching across Africa south of the Sahara. The U.N. World Food Program warned on Friday that some 10 million people face hunger over the next three months before the next harvest in September — if it comes.
14 May 2010
Across the Sahel, more than 10 million people are affected by poor rains that have led to the collapse of agricultural and livestock production in many parts of Chad, Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso. Sixty percent of Niger's population is facing severe food shortages. (..)The U.N. World Food Program is doubling its estimate of the number of families in Niger who need food assistance. WFP is now targeting more than 1.5 million people for a general food distribution and as many as 500,000 children under the age of six for specialized therapeutic feeding.
10 May 2010
The country of Niger, in Western Africa, is named after the Niger River; its southern belt is lush and green with rich crops almost ripe for the forthcoming harvest. If you happen to pass through as a traveler, you could drive for hundreds of miles along the narrow strip that hugs the bottom of this giant country.(..)The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) is working against time to provide food to Niger. They are buying most of the needed food from neighboring countries to prevent children from dying.
10 May 2010
This piece describes how the looming famine in Niger is a gripping reminder of the urgency of the task at hand: ending hunger through agriculture development. Roger also highlights the important work WFP is doing to mitigate the country’s current crisis.
30 April 2010
Burkina Faso has offered 5, 000 tons of cereals to Niger to help fight famine, which is threatening nearly half of its 11 million population, according to the government. The humanitarian aid is a token of friendly relations and good neighborhood between the two African countries and is part of efforts to save the Sahalian children and women being affected by hunger(..)The World Food Program has opened centers in Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso to distribute free kits of rice, sugar and oil to the most vulnerable households.
30 April 2010
The top U.N. aid official is calling for urgent action to deal with a growing food crisis in Niger that threatens more than half of the country's 14 million people.(..)The U.N. World Food Program has doubled the number of people it plans to feed in Niger and now expects to feed more than 1.5 million people in next month's general food distribution.
30 April 2010
The United Nations has appealed for urgent assistance for Niger as a hunger crisis takes hold of the country. At least 7.9 million people - more than half the population - are facing severe food shortages in the west African nation. The country, two-thirds of which is Sahara desert, has been blighted by erratic rains that have destroyed successive harvests.(..)The UN's World Food Programme is "redoubling" its food assistance to the country to try to stave off a repeat of the 2005 crisis when hundreds of thousands of children suffered severe malnutrition.
29 April 2010
A severe food emergency in Niger has prompted the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) to more than double its assistance to victims of this year’s drought in the eastern Sahel. As the West African country enters its lean season, WFP senior spokesperson in the United States, Jennifer Parmelee, says that $182 million is needed to relieve the food insecurity of more than half of the country’s population of 13.5 million.
- Sahel food insecurity threatens 10 million people in 2013 Source: Reuters/AlertNet
- Sahel: Malnourished to remain above one million in 2013 Source: IRIN
- At meeting in Rome, UN officials stress link between food security and peace in Sahel Source: UN News Centre
- In Niger, flooding adds to humanitarian woes Source: The Washington Post
- In Niger, Child Marriage On Rise Due To Hunger Source: NPR/AP