Niger: Food and nutrition crisis expected to worsen by the first half of the year

17 Jan 2012

UN appeals for US$229 million for Niger in 2012. Credit: OCHA
UN appeals for US$229 million to provide critical food aid to 3.8 million people in 2012

The UN appealed for $229 million today to help 3.8 million people facing a looming food and nutrition crisis in Niger, warning that the crisis will worsen by the first half of the year.

“The appeal aims to provide humanitarian assistance and strengthen the resilience of millions men, women and vulnerable children,” said Guido Cornale, Acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Niger.

Drought, poor harvests and rising food prices have left more than 30 per cent of Nigeriens food insecure. The World Food Programme has reported that more than half the population of Niger lives under the poverty line and one in ten children under five suffers from acute malnutrition.

The appeal will allow UN agencies, international and local NGOs to provide food, water and sanitation, including projects to reduce malnutrition levels and the risk of water-borne diseases such as cholera.

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