niger http://www.wfp.org/feeds/niger Country content en Thousands from Nigeria seek refuge in fragile areas of Niger http://www.wfp.org/stories/thousands-nigeria-seek-refuge-fragile-areas-niger 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.   Niger Niger Nigeria refugees Local Africa Fri, 23 May 2014 15:03:23 +0000 Vigno Hounkanli 641571 at http://www.wfp.org Thousands from Nigeria seek refuge in fragile areas of Niger http://www.wfp.org/stories/thousands-nigeria-seek-refuge-fragile-areas-niger 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.   Niger Niger Nigeria refugees Local Africa Fri, 23 May 2014 15:03:23 +0000 Vigno Hounkanli 641571 at http://www.wfp.org Nigeria braced for potential food crisis as forecasters predict short rainy season http://www.wfp.org/content/nigeria-braced-potential-food-crisis-forecasters-predict-short-rainy-season Nigeria is facing a possible food supply crisis this farming season, according to traders, as the agricultural sector grapples with a predicted shorter rainy season, sectarian violence and greater demand from Niger. Food experts have raised the alarm after the country's meteorological agency said this year's rainy season could be shorter than usual, compounding a likely fall in production due to insecurity. Nigeria's agricultural sector is heavily dependent on the rains, with the bulk of its produce cultivated in the north and central region. Hunger in the news Niger hunger in the news Africa The Guardian Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:49:26 +0000 WFP 640806 at http://www.wfp.org Niger food crisis scheme offers local approach to recurring cycle of hunger http://www.wfp.org/content/niger-food-crisis-scheme-offers-local-approach-recurring-cycle-hunger Last month, Valerie Amos, the UN's humanitarian chief, called for an extra $2bn (£1.25bn) from donors to combat another looming food crisis in the Sahel. Traditionally, these men would be leaving around this time of year to look for jobs in neighbouring Nigeria, but the World Food Programme is paying 25,000 CFA a month ($52) as part of a cash-for-work scheme to clear the lake. "Our research shows that it can take up to three years for people to fully recover from a crisis," said Benoit Thiry, WFP country director. Three droughts across the Sahel in fewer than eight years had severely tested people's coping mechanisms, he added. "We have to act now to make sure that gains we've made in recent years are not lost, so that people have alternatives to just borrowing money again to get themselves through the next crisis." Hunger in the news Niger hunger in the news Africa The Guardian Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:00:01 +0000 WFP 640712 at http://www.wfp.org Thousands from Nigeria seek refuge in fragile areas of Niger http://www.wfp.org/stories/vouchers-give-refugees-more-choice-niger 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. Niger Mali refugee Voucher Mon, 16 Sep 2013 17:12:21 +0000 Vigno Hounkanli 539954 at http://www.wfp.org European Commission Funds Life-Saving Assistance During The Hunger Season In Niger http://www.wfp.org/news/news-release/european-commission-funds-life-saving-food-drc-refugees-arriving-niger NIAMEY – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of €15.5 million (US$20.5 million) from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) to address both the food security and nutritional condition of the most vulnerable households in Niger. Niger Africa Mon, 12 Aug 2013 08:47:53 +0000 WFP 492572 at http://www.wfp.org Analysis: Slowing Nigerian grain trade threatens Sahel food security http://www.wfp.org/content/analysis-slowing-nigerian-grain-trade-threatens-sahel-food-security Northern Nigeria’s grain trade, which supplies almost half of the Sahel’s cereals, has slowed severely, while abnormally high prices of staple grains across the Sahel are causing serious food security concerns in this chronically vulnerable region. (..) World Food Programme (WFP) market analysts report that grain supply is low in many of the main markets across the region, and that fewer traders from Niger and elsewhere are crossing the border to re-supply in Nigeria. (..) In highly import-dependent Niger, “this situation must raise a red flag,” said WFP market analyst Jean-Martin Bauer, referring to poor trade conditions that spurred Niger’s 2005 and to some extent the 2010 food crises. “If trade slows down from Nigeria to Niger, it’s a huge issue for all countries depending on Nigeria,” he said. Hunger in the news Niger Sahel hunger in the news IRIN News Wed, 29 May 2013 15:06:07 +0000 WFP 450732 at http://www.wfp.org Norway Announces NOK 25 Million To Strenghten Resilience In Niger http://www.wfp.org/news/news-release/norway-announces-nok-25-million-strenghten-resilience-niger Copenhagen/Oslo – Responding to the continuing challenges in Niger and the Sahel, the Government of Norway has announced an additional contribution of NOK 25 million to the United Nations World Food Programme’s activities in Niger.  Contributions to WFP Niger Africa Wed, 24 Apr 2013 14:59:28 +0000 WFP 424534 at http://www.wfp.org WFP West Africa Nutrition in Focus: Increased Use of Specialized Nutritious Foods http://www.wfp.org/photos/gallery/wfp-west-africa-nutrition-focus-increased-use-specialized-nutritious-foods nutrition photo gallery for west africa  Benin Burkina Faso Cameroon Central African Republic Chad Côte D'Ivoire Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau Mali Mauritania Niger Nigeria Senegal Sierra Leone The Gambia Togo Local Nutrition Fri, 08 Mar 2013 11:34:57 +0000 WFP 398386 at http://www.wfp.org Sahel food insecurity threatens 10 million people in 2013 http://www.wfp.org/content/sahel-food-insecurity-threatens-10-million-people-2013 Up to 10 million people across the Sahel region are at risk of food insecurity in 2013 and 1 million children are at risk of severe acute malnutrition, according to the United Nations. The U.N. regional humanitarian coordinator for the Sahel, David Gressly, talks to AlertNet about preventing malnutrition, building resilience and other priorities for the region this year. He says getting the money for these activities is likely to be a challenge – without a drought being the rallying point for raising funds. Hunger in the news Burkina Faso Cameroon Chad Mali Mauritania Niger Senegal The Gambia Sahel hunger in the news Africa Reuters/AlertNet Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:27:58 +0000 WFP 390037 at http://www.wfp.org