Hunger in the news

2 July 2010

The U.N. World Food Program warns severely malnourished children in Niger are at risk of dying. The program is set to double the number of people receiving food aid in drought-hit Niger, in the light of a new government survey showing malnutrition rates among young children have reached emergency levels. The World Food Program says alarm bells go off when the emergency threshold of more than 15 percent of acutely malnourished children is reached.

30 June 2010

Direct links between bad governance, a parlous environment and a prostrate economy are all too obvious in the Republic of Niger where, only in February, President Mamadou Tandja lost his presidency. According to scary statistics from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), 7.1 million Nigeriens face possible starvation between now and November, when the new harvest season begins. This figure is a hefty seven out of every 10 of the projected 10 million people that face starvation in West Africa.

26 June 2010

United Nations agencies are urging the international community to mobilize resources to boost child nutrition in Niger in the wake of new government data that shows that the situation has deteriorated in the last 12 months (..)."The immediate priority for WFP is to gather all available resources to ensure ameliorated food assistance for beneficiaries from now to December 2010," said Richard Verbeeck, the WFP director in Niger. "The quality and the extent of our operations will depend on the donors'commitment to attenuate the suffering of populations in Niger."

16 June 2010

Logistical and funding constraints could cause shortages in the food aid pipeline from July onward, hampering distributions to some of Niger's 7.8 million food-insecure people, say NGOs and the World Food Programme (WFP). More cash distributions could be the answer. "There are gaps – we don't have all the food we would like to have, and of the resources we have received, we are struggling to ensure food will be available for distribution during the critical lean season," Gianluca Ferrera, head of WFP in Niger, told IRIN.

11 June 2010

Only five years after a severe food shortage north-central Africa is again fearing the worst before the September harvest, with 10 million people threatened in this arid region known as the Sahel. (..) But the World Food Programme's (WFP) deputy director for Niger, Gianluca Ferrera, warned of a shortfall of up to 40 million dollars (33 million euros) for Niger alone to make ends meet until September.In Chad, where up to two million people need assistance, the United Nations is working to avert "disaster" and the WFP has launched an emergency operation for more than 700,000 people.

28 May 2010


At this time of year, the Gadabeji Reserve should be refuge for the nomadic tribes who travel across a moonscape on the edge of the Sahara to graze their cattle. But the grass is meager after a drought killed off the last year's crops. Now the cattle are too weak to stand and too skinny to sell, leaving the poor without any way to buy grain to feed their families.

The threat of famine is again stalking the Sahel, a band of semiarid land stretching across Africa south of the Sahara. The U.N. World Food Program warned on Friday that some 10 million people face hunger over the next three months before the next harvest in September — if it comes.

14 May 2010

Across the Sahel, more than 10 million people are affected by poor rains that have led to the collapse of agricultural and livestock production in many parts of Chad, Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso. Sixty percent of Niger's population is facing severe food shortages. (..)The U.N. World Food Program is doubling its estimate of the number of families in Niger who need food assistance. WFP is now targeting more than 1.5 million people for a general food distribution and as many as 500,000 children under the age of six for specialized therapeutic feeding.

10 May 2010

The country of Niger, in Western Africa, is named after the Niger River; its southern belt is lush and green with rich crops almost ripe for the forthcoming harvest. If you happen to pass through as a traveler, you could drive for hundreds of miles along the narrow strip that hugs the bottom of this giant country.(..)The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) is working against time to provide food to Niger. They are buying most of the needed food from neighboring countries to prevent children from dying.

10 May 2010

This piece describes how the looming famine in Niger is a gripping reminder of the urgency of the task at hand: ending hunger through agriculture development. Roger also highlights the important work WFP is doing to mitigate the country’s current crisis.

30 April 2010

Burkina Faso has offered 5, 000 tons of cereals to Niger to help fight famine, which is threatening nearly half of its 11 million population, according to the government. The humanitarian aid is a token of friendly relations and good neighborhood between the two African countries and is part of efforts to save the Sahalian children and women being affected by hunger(..)The World Food Program has opened centers in Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso to distribute free kits of rice, sugar and oil to the most vulnerable households.