Niger Appeals for Aid as Food Shortage Looms

Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou has appealed for international assistance as his country experiences crop failure and faces a looming food crisis.

Several parts of Nigeria suffered crop failure due to insect attacks and erratic rains, according to AlertNet. Issoufou has noted that the country is facing a deficit of some 400,000 tons of cereals.

The head of the local office of the World Food Program visited affected regions across the regions and said farms were destroyed and there were no more crops to harvest.

“We are all very concerned about the food security situation in Niger,” Denise Brown said, as quoted by AlertNet.

Brown said Nigerien authorities and aid agencies operating in the country are already preparing to respond to anticipated food shortages and are hoping for donor support. She added that WFP is set to launch food-for-work programs targeting members of most vulnerable communities.

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