Communiqués de Presse

15 Dec 2011
UN launches a strategy to better respond to the risk of a new food and nutritional crisis in the Sahel in 2012

(Dakar, Sénégal – 15 December 2011) – Two years since the 2009/2010 severe Food and Nutrition crisis, several countries in the Sahel are again at high risk of developing serious food insecurity most likely by the first half of 2012.

With this background, humanitarian partners, members of the regional Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) have adopted a...

06 Dec 2011
UN Humanitarian Fund allocates US$6 million to ensure early response to food insecurity in Niger

(New York, 6 December 2011): The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$6 million to three United Nations agencies to jump-start emergency interventions to address food insecurity in Niger.

“Millions of people are facing a severe and worsening humanitarian crisis in Niger,” said Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. “CERF funding will ensure that the response to meet food, nutrition and...

25 Oct 2011
How rapid coordination saved lives during the flooding of Imbelbellou

On the night of 28 June, a heavy downpour almost swallowed Imbelbellou – a village of 7000 inhabitants in a precarious valley in the Maradi region of southern Niger.

Maradi is Niger’s most populous region, and the country’s breadbasket, but is prone to natural disasters and vulnerable to epidemics.

The day after the downpour, the people of Imbelbellou were scared. The future of their village hung in the balance.

Realizing he had no time to waste, the...

24 Jul 2011
Returnees in Niger supported with $3.7 million from the CERF

07 June 2011: More than $3.7 million was allocated from the CERF in June to allow United Nations agencies to respond to the humanitarian needs of people in Niger who had fled the crisis in Libya. Events in Libya to the north forced tens of thousands of people to flee suddenly back across the border to Niger, including not only Nigeriens but also third country nationals. By the end of April more than 66,000 people had made the over-land journey and many were in need of...

27 May 2011
United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos Statement at Member States Briefing on Western Sahel

Thank you for coming to this briefing on the Sahel. I am joined on the podium by my colleague UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.

Last July, we faced a food crisis that affected 10 million people, and when I visited Niger in October I saw how the national and international relief effort had helped avert a much worse situation.

Until...