WHO: Millions Lack Food in Niger

Approximately 7 million people in Niger are facing hunger and food insecurity, according to the World Health Organization. WHO estimates that some 2.7 million face severe food insecurity while another 5.1 are facing moderate food insecurity. Most of these people don’t have enough food in stock to last until their next harvest in October, the U.N. health agency added.

Niger recently launched a program to improve food security and prevent and treat malnutrition, especially among children aged five and below. WHO has ongoing training programs on malnutrition treatment there. Niger recently made global headlines after a band of soldiers stormed the presidential palace in an attempted coup.

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