20 October 2014
At a side summit on school feeding during the World Forum for Children and Nutrition, Ministers of Education pledged to advocate that at least 1 percent of their state budgets be allocated to the school lunch program, and they put in place specific legislation to distribute resources between the central government and local authorities for school feeding.
23 May 2014
Fleeing violence attributed to the Islamist sect Boko Haram in Nigeria, thousands of people have found refuge in Niger, where they are receiving assistance from WFP and other humanitarian organizations.
16 September 2013
Since February 2013, thousands of people have fled armed conflict in Mali to seek refuge in neighboring countries, including Niger. Upon their arrival, WFP provides food and nutrition assistance for refugees in several camp. At the Mangaize camp, WFP and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have initiated assistance through vouchers, which give beneficiaries a choice of what they can purchase to meet their food needs and provide them with some degree of independence.
2 October 2012
Flooding during the rainy season affected hundreds of thousands of people in Niger. Many were displaced from their homes and took refuge in schools and public sheltered buildings. WFP launched cash transfers for the first time in Niamey to assist flood victims to buy locally available food.
8 August 2012
11 July 2012
During the lean season, WFP is providing special fortified food to prevent malnutrition to close to 1 million children under 2 as well as nursing mothers.
29 June 2012
For the third time in a decade, drought in the Sahel region of Africa is threatening millions of people with hunger. But how do people survive in these situations and what are we doing to help them? Here are the answers to eight questions about the current hunger crisis in the Sahel and WFP's response to it.
18 June 2012
For the first time in Niger, WFP is using mobile money to help the poorest purchase food at local markets.
23 May 2012
WFP has launched an emergency operation to deliver life-saving food assistance to thousands of people fleeing conflict in Mali. As refugees stream into areas already strained by drought in the Sahel, it's imperative to reach them with assistance in time for the summer Hunger Season.
15 May 2012
Just back from a trip to the drought-stricken Sahel region of Africa, WFP Executive Director Ertharin encourages G8 leaders meeting at Camp David later this week to build on the promise of the 2009 L’Aquila Summit, by uniting public and private sector partners behind national plans for food security. This article was written for the Global Food For Thought blog of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
- Nigeria braced for potential food crisis as forecasters predict short rainy season Source: The Guardian
- Niger food crisis scheme offers local approach to recurring cycle of hunger Source: The Guardian
- Analysis: Slowing Nigerian grain trade threatens Sahel food security Source: IRIN News
- Sahel food insecurity threatens 10 million people in 2013 Source: Reuters/AlertNet
- Sahel: Malnourished to remain above one million in 2013 Source: IRIN