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.
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.
- Sahel food insecurity threatens 10 million people in 2013 Source: Reuters/AlertNet
- Sahel: Malnourished to remain above one million in 2013 Source: IRIN
- At meeting in Rome, UN officials stress link between food security and peace in Sahel Source: UN News Centre
- In Niger, flooding adds to humanitarian woes Source: The Washington Post
- In Niger, Child Marriage On Rise Due To Hunger Source: NPR/AP