Hunger in the news

22 August 2012

At least 31 people have been killed and nearly 100,000 more left homeless by severe flooding that has affected Niger since mid-July, the UN's humanitarian affairs office said Tuesday. (..) OCHA warned that flooding will have "a negative effect on the food situation" in Niger, which sits in the semi-arid Sahel belt running across Africa, separating Sahara from savannah.

20 August 2012

In markets all over Niger, hungry people are selling hungry animals for half their normal value, giving up on the milk and money of tomorrow so that their children can eat today. Their plight is a sign of how far the economy of the desert has broken down, leaving its people unable to feed themselves in drought after drought.

18 July 2012

Heavy rains have fallen over the past three weeks in northern Mali and Niger and that’s resulted in growing swarms of Desert locusts. Efforts are underway to contain the insects in a region that’s already food insecure. (..) The FAO says insecurity in Algeria and Libya hampered control operations, allowing the locusts to migrate across the Sahara.

10 July 2012

Niger has the world’s highest rate of child marriage, with roughly one out of two girls marrying before age 15, some as young as 7. As a hunger crisis affects millions here and across the Sahel region of West Africa, aid workers are concerned that struggling parents might marry off their daughters even earlier for the dowries they fetch, including animals and cash, to help the families survive.

3 July 2012

Tondikiwindi is really a stone’s throw from Touqfine -- only 30 minutes away by 4X4 and slightly longer by donkey cart. However, the quantity and quality of the food in Tondikiwindi beats Touqfine hands down. (..) We're working with villages like Tondikiwindi year-round so that they're strong enough to get through the next hunger season without assistance. When families get the right nutrition, communities are empowered to develop solutions to better face the next drought.

2 July 2012

As you can imagine, my work as the photo editor for the largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger has sent me all over the world to some incredible, but also challenging, places. I've been on the frontlines of hunger; I've seen communities picking up pieces in the wake of disaster or building resiliency to face the next crisis. After my recent trip to Niger, however, I was so struck by the state of the land and the spirit of the people I met that I wanted to do something I've never done before: tell you about the photos I took. (..) This year, WFP plans to reach 3.8 million people in Niger with food and cash assistance. But we can't do it alone.

2 July 2012

A deadly equation of conflict, combined with displacement and drought, has wreaked havoc for vast numbers of people living on the margins of survival in Africa. (..) We cannot stop drought, nor as humanitarian agencies can we halt man-made conflict, but alongside our life-saving work with the refugees at Menghaize camp, we are mindful of the need to lay the groundwork to bolster the ability of these communities and others in the Sahel region to help themselves. (..) Saving lives in emergencies is at the core of the work of the WFP and UNHCR.

14 June 2012

Spade in hand and barefoot, Hanatou digs holes in the ground intended to catch rainwater. In her village of Tibiri, in southwest Niger, people are trying to break the annual cycle of food shortages. (..) On the arid plateau near the clay houses of the village, the aim is to trap water and regenerate the terrain by planting acacia trees, in a project backed by the charity Oxfam and financed by the World Food Programme (WFP).

1 June 2012

Tens of thousands of refugees from Mali have fled to Niger to escape civil conflict. They are arriving at a time of heightened concern about food insecurity, following the scarce rains and poor harvest of last year. The World Food Programme has launched an emergency operation to help nearly 4 million people in the country. (Photo gallery)

31 May 2012

Denise Brown, WFP's country director in Niger, discusses the food crisis in the West African country where she works with World News Tonight.