Hunger in the news

15 February 2012

The world needs to act together and act now to prevent the drought and severe food shortages in the Sahel turning into famine, an emergency meeting at the World Food Programme was told on Wednesday.

7 February 2012

Some 12,000 Malians have fled fighting in the towns of Ménaka and Anderamboucane in northern Mali and reached already food-insecure villages around Tillabéri in western Niger, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Niger’s capital, Niamey. (..) Niger’s Tillabéri region has been hardest hit by the 2011 drought and poor harvest and many inhabitants are already facing severe food insecurity, according to the government and aid agencies.

25 January 2012

Aid groups have warned that hunger threatens between 5 and 9 million people in countries in Africa's Sahel region just below the Sahara including Chad, Niger, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Mali. (..) Even in an average year 450,000 children in Chad need treatment for acute malnutrition, but the number will increase dramatically this year.

18 January 2012

With signs of growing demand for food and rising prices in Niger and neighboring countries, international organizations are coming together to prevent a full-blown crisis. (..) “Government and NGOs are important partners for WFP in implementing its activities,” said Vigno Hounkanli, Public Information Officer in Niger’s WFP Office. “There is a very good collaboration between the government and WFP which responded to the government’s early support plan to help 750,000 severely food insecure households by launching its Cash and Food for Work Program.”

18 January 2012

Famine fatigue. (..) But try telling that to the people of Niger, or Mauritania, or to any of the other countries in the Sahel whose populations are heading for a struggle to feed their families and wondering why them, why again. (..) The good news is that governments in the region and humanitarian agencies are pulling together, taking on board some of the lessons learned from earlier crises in a bid for greater coordination ahead of the hungry months ahead.

9 January 2012

Governments in the Sahel and international relief agencies have been quick off the mark in acknowledging a looming food crisis. (..) Part of the reason for the swift response is a change of government in Niger, ranked 186th out of 187 countries in the human development index. (..) Denise Brown, director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) office in Niger, agreed. "The government in Niger came out early and jointly with international agencies and NGOs acknowledging it needed help. My colleagues have been astonished by the change and the transparency."

28 December 2011

By Denise Brown

I can remember those gumboots lined up in a row, from largest to smallest. All of them were the same humdrum colour, a kind of mucky dark grey with a dark red strip around the top. I used to walk quickly past them, ignoring their existence as if that could make them disappear but knowing that the time would come when I would have to slip them on over my socks.


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.

27 October 2011

(..) Food production is expected to be lower than usual in parts of western Niger, Chad’s Sahelian zone, southern Mauritania, western Mali, eastern Burkina Faso, northern Senegal and Nigeria, according to a report by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and a separate assessment by USAID’s food security monitor FEWS NET.

19 October 2011

Niger is at the cusp of another food crisis as erratic rains and insect attacks on crops have caused crop failure in several parts of the West African nation, authorities have warned. (..) “We are all very concerned about the food security situation in Niger,” Denise Brown, head of the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) in Niger, told AlertNet.