Aid Agencies Launch Appeal for West African Food Crisis

Oxfam and Save the Children have appealed for approximately 23.57 million Australian dollars (USD21 million) to stop a growing food crisis in Niger and its neighboring countries. Crop failures and drought have put more than 10 million people in the country and several other Western African nations at risk of severe hunger and malnutrition, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The next harvest in the region is still months away and people are already desperate for food and water, said Mamodou Biteye, head of Oxfam operations in West Africa.

“Unless we can raise money for this, we will be forced to turn our backs on those most in need,” Biteye explained.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.