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19 October 2011

Poor rains have brought crop failure to parts of Niger, but aid agencies say a closer watch and better reporting on conditions have led to improved distribution of relief supplies. (..) Denise Brown, the Niger country director for the U.N. World Food Program, says Niger's government and U.N. agencies are concerned about food security in areas west of the city of Agadez where there are poor harvests due to light rains and heavy infestations of pests. She says some families are still recovering from the last drought as they see another one coming.


13 September 2011

Nigerien Prime Minister Brigi Rafini warned the West African country may face food and livestock shortages in the 2011-12 agricultural season unless rains arrive. (..) A drought from 2009 to 2010 left one in five of the nation’s children under five years of age malnourished, according to the World Food Programme.


23 May 2011

Aid is finally reaching tens of thousands of families in southern Niger who have survived mainly on wild leaves and fruit for the past six months.(..) The UN World Food Programme (WFP) will start a country-wide feeding programme targeting all children under two in June. "That should cover any vulnerable children in Magaria District," added Traoré.


19 May 2011

Aid is finally reaching tens of thousands of families in southern Niger who have survived mainly on wild leaves and fruit for the past six months. (..) WFP, which began dispensing aid earlier in the region, is distributing nearly 500 tons of food to about 35,000 people identified as vulnerable in Magaria; 2,500 beneficiaries are being given $2 a day by a another cash-for-work programme till the end of May, said WFP spokesman Vigno Hounkanli.


6 April 2011

The evening meal will be stewed leaves tasting somewhat like spinach, which the women pick every morning, yet crops were standing tall before the leafhoppers few into Zinder in Niger and devoured anything green. The official response to a region on the edge of survival has been slow, but then the women went to see the Prefect.(..)He said Care International, the aid NGO, would begin a cash-for-work programme in a few villages in April, and WFP intended to start blanket feeding in the area but only in May, when the traditional lean season began.


15 March 2011

Niger’s successful presidential election on March 12 marked a “major step” in a process that will lead to the complete resumption of development aid to the West African nation by the European Union, the EU said. (..) A drought from 2009 to 2010 left one in five of the nation’s children under five years of age malnourished, according to the World Food Programme.


11 March 2011

Mahamadou Issoufou, a mining engineer and former prime minister of Niger, may win a presidential runoff tomorrow that will return the world’s sixth- biggest uranium producer to civilian rule after he earned the support of four other parties. (..) Both Issoufou and Oumarou say they will improve education and bolster agriculture in a country where just 15 percent of women are literate and 82 percent of the population relies on farming and animal herding, according to data from the World Food Programme and the CIA’s World Fact Book.


11 March 2011

For aid agencies and local authorities in the village of Dirkou (population about 4,000), northern Niger, the priority is to have migrants fleeing Libya move through as quickly as possible. (..) The World Food Programme (WFP) has moved about 50 tons of food to the area, enough to cover 2,500 migrants for one month, WFP spokesperson in Niger Vigno Hounkanli told IRIN.


28 January 2011

Niger holds elections on Jan. 31 to choose a new president and parliament and re-establish civilian rule as an al-Qaeda-linked group steps up attacks in Africa’s biggest uranium producer. (..) All three leading candidates have promised to improve education and bolster agriculture in a country where just 15 percent of women are literate and 82 percent of the population relies on farming and animal herding, according to data from the World Food Programme and the CIA’s World Fact Book.


20 January 2011

The United Nations food agencies are urging continued assistance for Niger, where acute malnutrition rates remain high despite a good harvest and millions need help to avoid another food crisis.(..) As part of that effort, the World Food Programme (WFP) delivered emergency food assistance to more than 5 million people, including vulnerable groups such as children under five, and pregnant or lactating women.