Oxfam Assists in Mitigating Niger Food Crisis

Kids carrying water on the road between Tahoua and Keita in Niger. Oxfam International has started food aid delivery and animal subsidy for most vulnerable households in the country. Photo by: Marcus Prior / WFP

In Niger, Oxfam International is among several organizations at the frontlines of the global effort to help the millions of people affected by severe drought. The organization has started delivering food aid and subsidizing animal feed for the most vulnerable households across the country.

Oxfam International, along with its partner AREN, has also started a “destocking” project where weak animals are sold at above-market prices in a bid to help farmers earn enough to cover their basic needs. The animals bought through the program are slaughtered and their meat delivered to the most hunger-stricken communities, according to an article on the Oxfam website.

“This intervention came at the most difficult period of the year for the herders and their animals,” the organization said.

As Devex reported, various international donors have responded to the looming food crisis in Niger and several of its neighboring countries. Belgium has released a USD3.88 emergency aid package for Chad and Niger while Canada has allocated USD5.6 million, also for the two countries.

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