Saving lives and preventing acute malnutrition for crisis-affected populations in Niger

 A severe food and nutrition crisis is currently unfolding in Niger. This is the result of a series of complex andinterrelated shocks, specifically: i) significant cereal production deficits due to drought and pest infestation in Niger and the Sahel region; ii) an early and steady rise in cereal prices; iii) poor livestock-to-cereals terms of trade, linked to pasture degradation; and iv) the loss of economic opportunities and the displacement of households linked to insecurity in the Sahel region. The situation of children is of particular concern, as the high prevalence of acute malnutrition - that approaches critical levels during the lean season even during normal years - is at risk of deteriorating rapidly.

Niger: UN voices concern over high food prices after poor harvest

13 December 2011 – High food prices in Niger have placed people already hit by shortages under severe pressure as they struggle to feed their families at a time of reduced harvests in the country, which lies in the drought-prone Sahel region of West Africa, a United Nations official said today.

Niger’s food crisis affecting more than half of country’s villages – UN

18 November 2011 – The majority of villages in impoverished Niger are now considered to be in a food and nutritional crisis, the United Nations humanitarian wing warned today, with the country facing especially tough times as the annual harvest season ends.

According to a joint UN-Nigerien communiqué, some 6,981 villages are deemed to be vulnerable to food insecurity, with particular concerns over the levels of infant and maternal malnutrition.

Niger: UN agency boosts aid as a million people face urgent food crisis

28 October 2011 – The United Nations food aid agency announced plans today to scale up its operations inside the poor West African country of Niger, where a poor harvest and insect attacks against cereals have left a million people in need of immediate support.

Millions in Niger need help to avoid another food crisis, warn UN agencies

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.

Last year the Government of Niger, supported by the UN, launched a massive humanitarian intervention which averted the worst effects of a food and nutrition crisis that threatened the lives of more than seven million people and the livelihoods of the country’s farmers and pastoralists.

Grants Help Three Countries Battle Climate Change

November 11, 2010—Three countries highly vulnerable to climate change—Bangladesh, Tajikistan and Niger—will each receive $50 million in grants to pilot climate resilience strategies and integrate climate risk into their economic plans, a multinational committee decided yesterday.

Donor support helps avert food crisis in Niger but more required – UN official


26 October 2010 – A food crisis in Niger has been averted as a result of generous donor response, intervention by the United Nations, the Government’s facilitation of the humanitarian effort and good rainfall, but the situation remains fragile, the top UN humanitarian official said today.
Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, told reporters in New York that some five million people have benefited from food aid, but malnutrition rates remained high and many communities around the country require continued assistance.

More than 250,000 have been admitted to nutrition centres since the beginning of this year, she said.

Enhanced effort needed to address long-term effects of Niger food crisis – UN


16 October 2010 – Although global aid has helped to stem Niger's food crisis which has affected nearly half of the country's population, more help is needed to ally its longer-term effects, the top United Nations humanitarian official has said while on a visit to the impoverished Sahelian nation.

“We may have avoided the worst, but we must learn the lessons and support longer-term preparedness and development efforts to prevent the increasing frequency of food crises in the country,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos said yesterday in the capital, Niamey, on the second day of her trip to Niger.

UN humanitarian chief arrives in Niger to address food crisis


14 October 2010 – The top United Nations humanitarian official arrived in Niger today on a visit to help focus world attention on the Sahel, a West African sub-Saharan region that is home to the poorest countries on Earth, with over 10 million people suffering from a food crisis this year alone.
During her three-day visit to Niger, where nearly 7 million of these people try to eke out an existence, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos will meet with representatives of the Government, UN, national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other humanitarian partners.

Some 1.5 million people hit by floods in West and Central Africa, UN reports

12 October 2010 – Nearly 1.5 million people have been affected by floods and 377 killed in Western and Central Africa, with Chad, Northern Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria facing a serious cholera epidemic, United Nations relief officials reported today.
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos is due to begin a four-day visit to Nigeria and Niger tomorrow to meet with relief organizations and local authorities as they battle the heavy flooding caused by torrential rains and exceptionally high water levels of the Niger and other rivers.

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