Niger's drought threatens one million: UN agency

Published on 29 October 2011

Around a million people in Niger will need urgent food aid next year if the country's drought persists, the World Food Programme warned on Friday. "In Niger, the WFP is planning to scale up its food aid operations urgently, specifically for children and pregnant women, after the government declared that at least 750,000 people have been identified to be suffering from serious food insecurity," said Gaelle Sevenier, spokeswoman for the UN agency.

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