Hunger in the news

20 January 2011

In Niger, a country that has faced food crises in recent years, has had a recorded harvest. However, despite that good news, a new report says malnutrition rates remain very high. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Program have issued a joint assessment on Niger. It follows a massive humanitarian operation last year.

5 January 2011

Turkey donated two million USD to the United Nations World Food Program to be used as assistance to Chad and Niger, two countries experiencing lack of food items due to the ongoing drought. Turkey donated two million USD to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) to be used as assistance to Chad and Niger, two countries experiencing lack of food items due to the ongoing drought.

29 December 2010

Although humanitarian aid to Niger has saved the lives of tens of thousands of ill-fed children, the nutritional situation remains alarming with more than 15 in 100 youngsters suffering from acute malnutrition, according to a United Nations-backed survey. Concerns persist despite a good harvest and pastoral season in late 2010, and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government are calling on the international community to intensify its efforts and mobilize all means necessary to fight against child malnutrition and its structural causes.

3 December 2010

IN SOME ways Alhaji Bunu Fodio is lucky: at least his house is still standing. Most of Kagara, his dusty village in Nigeria’s far north, was smashed to smithereens during this year’s rainy season when an unexpected deluge burst a nearby dam. (..) The rest of the world spends vast sums sustaining life in the Sahel. The UN’s World Food Programme, which is funded largely by governments of rich countries, has asked its backers for $300m-plus to spend on emergency aid this year.

22 October 2010

Mali’s crisis early warning system is lauded in the sub-region for its accuracy and efficiency but some say good, timely information warning of the impact of poor rains on grazing land and water availability this year, did not necessarily translate into a swift response by the government or international community. n neighbouring Niger, President Mahamadou Danda appealed to the international community for emergency aid to stem the food insecurity crisis in March 2010, but the government of Mali did not.

27 September 2010

Despite countless emergency aid efforts and models, Niger's drought and flood victims still go hungry. Now, several aid agencies will go back to basics, providing families with cash handouts. (..) The scheme is to run in conjunction with a blanket feeding food distribution that is being carried out by the government of Niger, the World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF and other international humanitarian organisation.

27 September 2010

The United Nations is giving $6 million in cash from its Children's Fund to mothers in Niger so they can buy food amidst widespread hunger in that West African country brought on by last year's lack of needed rain for crops. (..) The second round of cash distribution is set to begin this week, and the cash will be given in conjunction with food rations handed out by the World Food Program.

23 September 2010

Niger’s head of State Salou Djibo today called for the United Nations and other international organizations to observe the forthcoming series of elections to restore the impoverished West African country to constitutional rule after February’s coup d’état. (..) Gen. Djibo thanked the international community for its aid during a severe food crisis earlier this year, in which the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and partners cooperated with the Government in easing the situation for almost half of the population of 15 million.

21 September 2010

AlertNet interviewed three experts on various aspects of the crisis (..) AlertNet interviewed three experts on various aspects of the crisis. (..) Claude Jibidar: The worst seems to have been averted in Niger, thanks to efforts by the government and its partners... Food prices are now declining in the region and livestock prices are improving. The October harvest will also have a beneficial effect on household food security. However, the needs for recovery remain high, especially for the most vulnerable who have lost their livelihoods during the 2010 food crisis.

10 September 2010

Aid strategies for treating children suffering moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) have remained virtually unchanged for 30 years. As part of UN-led efforts to revamp policy, several initiatives in West Africa are examining how best to treat the condition, a major cause of death and disease worldwide. (..) One product being evaluated in Mali is CSB++, a more nutrient-rich version of the corn-soya blend long used by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) for moderately malnourished children. Nutrition experts say the original CSB does not contain the nutrients to stem MAM.