WFP Expands Aid Operations in Niger

The World Food Program has intensified its relief efforts in Niger, where a poor harvest and insect attacks have resulted in a deficit of about 500,000 metric tons of cereals.

WFP said Oct. 28 it would need $60 million to support affected Nigeriens over the next six months. The scaled-up operation, which will target around 1 million people, involves providing cash, backing food-for-work projects, and improving nutrition of children under 2, pregnant women and nursing mothers. Prior to the expanded relief activities, WFP was already supporting around half a million Nigeriens.

Aside from food shocks, Niger suffers from remittance losses following the return of 200,000 migrant workers from Libya and Cote d’Ivoire.

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