Hunger in the news

5 March 2010

An approaching food crisis in Niger has prompted the United Nations and its NGO partners to issue an appeal for aid internationally. (..) “Niger is facing a structural state of high acute malnutrition and has one of the highest rates of population increase in the world. It also has a harsh environment, made even worse by climate change and the poor management of environmental resources,” Malek Triki, public information officer for the WFP told MediaGlobal.

1 March 2010

They are simple words humanitarian workers in Africa use often but dared not speak in this impoverished nation: hunger, starvation. And definitely not famine.For years, President Mamadou Tandja denied there was any food crisis in Niger, even when images were broadcast of skeletal children too weak to brush away flies. Now that the military has ousted Tandja, aid agencies are speaking out, with good reason: The country is facing its worst food shortage in years.

24 February 2010

Food insecurity is affecting some eight million people in Niger, a United Nations (UN) spokesman said, reports China's Xinhua news agency. (..) The World Food Programme also said that some 29,000 cases of malnutrition have already been reported to local authorities since the start of the year, Nesirky said.

21 October 2009

Irregular and below-average rains in parts of northeastern Nigeria and eastern Niger have shortened the growing season for many farmers, sparking malnutrition and food insecurity concerns among aid groups and analysts. (..) “Rainfall needs to be both sufficient and well-timed in the Sahel to enable some crops the four months they require to mature,” World Food Programme’s West Africa assessment officer, Jean-Martin Bauer, told IRIN.

21 July 2009

A food distribution to help prevent malnutrition – known as a blanket feeding – has been launched in southern Niger's Zinder region, with UN World Food Program (WFP) and local NGO support. (..) WFP used Japanese government and UN Common Response Emergency Fund (CERF) funding to help finance the operation, said WFP's head of office in Zinder, Djimadoumngar Doumbaye.

25 June 2000

A United Nations survey shows a marked deterioration in the nutritional status of children in Niger. The World Food Program and UN Children's Fund, which carried out the annual nutritional assessment, are urgently appealing to the international community for help in combating rising malnutrition rates among Niger's children. The UN agencies find the situation of children in Niger is far worse now than it was 12 months ago when their last nutritional assessment was issued.