Niger is facing a food crisis.

In a joint communique Friday (Nov. 18), the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the Nigerien government expressed concern for families from some 6,981 villages across the country that are vulnerable to food insecurity.

The crisis came with the end of the harvest season, which showed decreased agricultural production. The country lacks more than 500,000 tons of cereals and about 10 million tons of fodder for livestock. The return of at least 200,000 migrants from Libya added fuel to the fire, increasing the number of people in need of food.

The government is already working with humanitarian agencies to alleviate the situation.

Just last month, the U.N. World Food Program stepped up its operations in the poor West African country via food-for-work projects after Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou appealed for international assistance.

Meanwhile, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department increased its funding to Africa’s Sahel region, which includes Niger, by €10 million ($13.5 million) to protect the most vulnerable families from the ”rapidly developing food crisis.”

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.