Niger’s Growing Food Crisis Prompts Calls for More Aid

The issue of food security has gained traction since global food prices rose dramatically in 2008. The image shows a boy in Aftout, Mauritania, a community supported by a EuropeAid-funded farming program. Photo by: Carolina Martin Tirand/European Union

Niger needs USD150 million to address the growing humanitarian needs of its people, relief organizations tell Voice of America. This estimate, which officials explained covers only food aid, is USD2.70 million more than the USD123 million estimate released a few weeks back. Relief organizations are already preparing an action plan to address the current food shortage in the country and prevent the risk of famine.

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    Ivy Mungcal

    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.