Niger

26 فبراير 2014

Sahel: a permanent emergency?

Chiran Livera is the Operations Coordinator for the IFRC's regional office in the Sahel. Below, he explores the impact of recurring humanitarian aid in the Sahel, and if the Red Cross Red Crescent is doing enough. You can reach Chiran directly at chiran.livera@ifrc.org . I stand on a hill overlooking the Niger river and it’s impressive...
Discovering the impact of malnutrition among children in Niger
3 أكتوبر 2012

Discovering the impact of malnutrition among children in Niger

By Julie Lorenzen More than one million children in West Africa are at risk of acute malnourishment due to the drought, and this has effects beyond the immediate needs for sustenance. Malnutrition weakens the immune system and makes learning harder. This year West Africa has been struck by a drought affecting more than 18 million people. And while many people suffer, the drought has a...
Money, seeds and a plan for the future will help villagers thrive
28 سبتمبر 2012

Money, seeds and a plan for the future will help villagers thrive

By Julie Lorenzen in Niger For many families in Niger, the gap between harvests has become stretched out by the drought that has been experienced all over the Sahel region. The Red Cross Society of Niger aims to help them bridge that gap with a programme of support that includes both money and seed distribution. In the village of Sesané Haoussa, 45-year-old Khadi Zola works a field. She carries...
Cycle of drought and poor harvest leads to hunger and despair
19 سبتمبر 2012

Cycle of drought and poor harvest leads to hunger and despair

By Julie Lorenzen Before the drought began in Niger, Adama Yacouba and her family could eat twice a day, now they can only afford one single meal per day. Before Adama Yacouba closes her eyes to go to sleep, she says she thinks of ways her family might be able to get some food and water for the next day. The little village in Niger, where she lives together with her husband and their eight...
Nutrition clinics offer hope in the midst of a drought
12 سبتمبر 2012

Nutrition clinics offer hope in the midst of a drought

By Julie Lorenzen in Niger Mariama Amadou’s five-year-old son died of starvation in March. Now her ten-month-old daughter Salamou is suffering from severe malnutrition. More than one million children in West Africa are in danger of urgent malnutrition. Salamou is laying quietly in her mother’s arms. Her movements are listless and her eyes apathetic. The black eyes seem way too big for her littl...
Children’s lives hang in the balance in Niger
30 مارس 2012

Children’s lives hang in the balance in Niger

Two malnourished boys sit still in the blazing sun. A slightly older boy comes along and gives them a bag of cookies.
Rising food prices and sporadic rains spell trouble for farmers in Niger
19 مارس 2012

Rising food prices and sporadic rains spell trouble for farmers in Niger

By Kalle Lindberg in Niger Boureima Garba from Kourtéré village in Niger, is fortunate. He has land close to the river, can read and write, and has good access to local markets. Despite these advantages, there is still concern about the future because the rains were not as expected this year and his stocks are running dangerously low. Another of Boureima’s problems is that food prices vary a lo...
Even those with farms find the cupboards bare in Niger
16 مارس 2012

Even those with farms find the cupboards bare in Niger

By Kalle Lindberg in Niger For a farmer in a poor country, Boureima Garba who lives in Kourtéré village in Niger, is fortunate. He has plenty of land. He has gone to school and learned to read and write. His village is situated close to the Niger River where he can fetch water. And since the capital Niamey isn’t far away, he has access to a market where he can sell the surplus of what he reaps....
IFRC launches food security appeal to assist 350,000 in Niger
31 يناير 2012

IFRC launches food security appeal to assist 350,000 in Niger

The IFRC has launched an emergency appeal for 3.7 million Swiss francs/US$4 million to help the Red Cross Society of Niger assit 350,000 people affected by the current food crisis.
Bargaining for food in the Sahel
24 مايو 2011

Bargaining for food in the Sahel

In 2009–2010, Niger once again suffered through another food crisis. The IFRC and its partners set up a food assistance programme to respond to the crisis, but it can only help families in the short term.
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