Aid Group Calls for Urgent Response to Looming Niger Food Crisis

Donors need to immediately provide adequate funding to help avert a food crisis in Niger, which has been experiencing erratic rains over the past few months, the international aid organization CARE has warned.

The aid group’s warning comes shortly after Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou appealed for international aid for some 2.9 million people at risk of malnutrition due to crop failures in large parts of the country.

CARE said the number of affected people could rise rapidly in the coming months if donors do not respond urgently.

“This is a wake-up call. If we act now, we can prevent people from losing all assets, reducing their meals, taking their children out of school and facing health problems and malnutrition,” said Amadou Sayo, CARE’s regional emergency coordinator and former head of the agency’s operations in Niger, in a statement

Sayo added that donors should not wait until there are pictures of malnourished children shown in the news before acting because families would have lost their assets and their children too severely malnourished to treat by then.

“We must save lives and livelihoods beforehand,” Sayo said.

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