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Capacity Building
3 February 2011

An effective emergency telecoms system is ensuring the humanitarian community in Niger is able to deliver relief and support to people affected by last year's drought. The system, set up by WFP’s emergency IT unit, FITTEST, was built around three radio channels that enable staff to remain in contact wherever they are.

Emergencies, General Food Distribution
28 October 2010

The villages of Gattawani Beri and Gattawani Kaina in southwestern Niger had been locked in a bitter dispute over land and religion for 50 years. But during the hunger crisis this summer, they finally managed to put aside their differences and come together for a day of soccer and food.

Emergencies
30 September 2010

As the “lean season” draws to a close and Niger looks forward to a bumper harvest, WFP is shifting gears to ensure that the hungry have money to buy the new food. Schemes providing cash in exchange for work on community projects are one way WFP is helping to protect markets and keep food accessible.

Droughts, Emergencies, Nutrition
16 September 2010

As harvest time approaches in the Eastern Sahel, rates of malnutrition among children are at critical levels in Chad. A crippling lean season has left many children weak and in of need nutritional support. Two-year old Hassan is one of those now getting this badly needed support. Watch video

Droughts, Emergencies, Nutrition
18 August 2010

A massive feeding campaign in drought-stricken Niger is under way. It started in a small village east of the capital. Amont these who came to receive food rations for their families were Hadiza, a mother of four, and Shaibou, a grandfather of 50. For both the food was a life-saver. View video

Droughts, Emergencies
5 August 2010

Nowhere are the scars of drought in Niger deeper than in the pastoral Diffa region, where the bodies of sheep, cattle and even camels bare grim testimony to the hardships facing local herders. Their flocks dwindling and food prices rising, these families are among nearly 8 million people WFP plans to feed this year.

Droughts, Emergencies, Nutrition
27 July 2010

Hunger is an ever-present problem in extremely poor countries like Niger, but a hard drought last year has made a bad situation immeasurably worse. WFP’s Director for West Africa, Thomas Yanga, explains why so many people in Niger are going hungry and what’s being done to help them.

Droughts, Emergencies, Nutrition
20 July 2010

WFP is building its expanded operation in Niger around the need to reach malnourished under twos in the areas worst hit by the recent drought. Getting special nutritious food to these million children is part of a general scale-up which aims to feed 8 million people over the next six months.

Droughts, Emergencies, Nutrition
2 July 2010

Drought in Niger has pushed levels of child malnutrition past emergency levels, according to an alarming new government report. In response, WFP is scaling up its operation to provide over 4.5 million people with food assistance, nearly twice as many as it is now.

Food for Assets, Purchase for Progress
8 June 2010

WFP’s “operational prowess” and weighty “procurement footprint” – almost a billion dollars spent buying food last year – position it to lead the way in creating food systems that over time will eliminate the need for humanitarian food aid, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah said on Monday.