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31 Jan 2012 description
report Afrique Verte

Octobre 2011 : Afrique Verte, dans le Point situation alimentaire du 15/10/2011, exprime ses premières inquiétudes concernant l’issue de la campagne agricole au Sahel, notamment au Niger. Fin octobre, Afrique Verte engage ses premières actions d’atténuation de la crise (répartition de stocks) avec l’appui financier de la Commission européenne. Au Niger, l’Etat et ses partenaires spécialisés dans la sécurité alimentaire, se mobilisent.

31 Jan 2012 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Bob Coen

GAWOUNAWA, Niger, 27 January 2012 – At the end of the farming season, Halima Isaka sat with her 10-month-old daughter at the edge of their family’s field, watching as her husband loaded a pile of dried millet stalks onto an oxcart.

VIDEO: UNICEF correspondent Bob Coen reports on joint emergency interventions by UNICEF and partners to help protect vulnerable families from the threat of malnutrition in Niger.

Once again, the harvest has been disappointing.

31 Jan 2012 description
report World Bank

Global food prices declined 8% between September and December 2011. Wheat, maize, and rice prices declined due to improved supply conditions, and among concerns regarding the global economy. However, global prices still remain high, with the 2011 annual food price index exceeding the 2010 annual index by 24 percent.

30 Jan 2012 description

Hemos lanzado la voz de alarma: un millón de niños podrían morir de hambre en los países de Sahel a partir de abril. Se esperan 2,6 millones de casos de desnutrición aguda, principalmente entre niños menores de cinco años. Lo más difícil llegará en primavera, adelantándose este año varios meses la estación del hambre. Todos los indicadores, agrícolas y económicos, están en rojo: pocas lluvias, pocos pastos, pocas cosechas, precios altos, pocas remesas...

30 Jan 2012 description

For the third time in a decade, drought has returned to the Sahel region of West Africa bringing hunger to millions of people across the region. WFP is pre-positioning food assistance ahead of the annual lean season when the vulnerable – especially women and children – are most at risk of malnutrition.

NIAMEY—Drought has hit the Sahel region this year just as many families are still in the process of rebuilding their lives, and re-stocking cattle after the last food crisis which struck in 2010.

30 Jan 2012 description

Dr. Guido Cornale, UNICEF Representative in Niger since April 2010, has been Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim since August 2011. This year, there are warnings that the country faces a potentially devastating food crisis. Dr. Cornale explains what humanitarian organizations are doing to help the Government stave off a catastrophe.

Q: A food and nutrition crisis is looming in Niger. How serious is it?

30 Jan 2012 description
report Guardian

Lack of rain and encroaching desertification are threatening food supplies in Niger, where extreme poverty and population growth already pose huge challenges. As the threat of a humanitarian disaster prompts calls for increased emergency aid, Niger's people are adopting a range of measures to stave off the crisis

See the slideshow in the Guardian.

30 Jan 2012 description

30 January 2012, Geneva/Dakar - Over three million people in Niger are facing the risk of severe food shortages with poor harvests, resulting from erratic rainfall and pest attacks, contributing to a looming humanitarian and food crisis in the country.

Rising food prices and already chronic levels of malnutrition, particulalry amongst children, are also compounding the crisis which is affecting many regions of the country. The six most affected regions of Niger being targeted by the Red Cross are Tillabery, Dosso, Tahoua, Maradi, Zinder and Diffa.

30 Jan 2012 description

This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 3,756,836 in cash, kind, or services to support the Red Cross Society of Niger (RCSN) to assist 350’000 beneficiaries for 9 months, and will be completed by the end of October, 2012. A Final Report will be made available by January 2013 (three months after the end of the operation).

CHF 126,768 was allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support this operation. Unearmarked funds to replenish DREF are encouraged.

30 Jan 2012 description

Key Points

  • Sahel Alert – vulnerable populations estimated. Burkina = 1.6m; Niger 5.4m; Mauritania; 0.7m; Mali 3m; Senegal 850.000 (under validation). Estimates for Chad not finalized

  • Ongoing off-season production will not significatively change the provisional results of this year’s harvest

  • An immediate response from all actors to the risks of a food security in the region is essential

30 Jan 2012 description

L'Essentiel

  • Alerte Sahel - Populations vulnérables estimées : Burkina = 1 600 000, Niger = 5 458 000, Mauritanie = 700 000, Mali = 3 000 000 et Sénégal (en cours de validation) = 850 000. Estimations pour le Tchad non finalisées.

  • Les productions de contre saison en cours ne remettent pas significativement en cause les résultats prévisionnels des récoltes.

  • Une mobilisation immédiate est indispensable pour répondre aux risques de crise alimentaire

30 Jan 2012 description

Points saillants pour Décembre 2011

  • Un animation sotenue après une baisse des transactions commerciales en faveur du marché à bétail en novembre dernier qui coïncide avec la fête de Tabaski,
30 Jan 2012 description

Más de diez millones de personas están agotando sus reservas de alimentos. Se estiman 2,6 millones de casos de desnutrición aguda y, de ellos, un millón de niños sufrirían desnutrición severa, el estadio más cercano a la muerte.

30 Jan 2012 description
report Guardian

From the Horn of Africa to the Sahel, we must learn to be honest about the nature of a fundamentally flawed global food system

Drought and famine are not extreme events. They are not anomalies. They are merely the sharp end of a global food system that is built on inequality, imbalances and – ultimately – fragility. And they are the regular upshot of a climate that is increasingly hostile and problematic for food production across huge swathes of the developing world.

30 Jan 2012 description
report Save the Children

Almost 3 million children in Niger are facing a growing hunger crisis triggered by crop shortages, rising food prices and insecurity in neighbouring countries, Save the Children has warned.

Sophisticated early warning systems are predicting that 6 million people, half of them children, could be left without enough to eat later this year, after poor harvests led to food shortages and a spike in food prices.

30 Jan 2012 description

Highlights

Funding Situation

The CERF raised a record amount of US$465 million through the contributions of Member States, Observers, regional governments and the private sector. 2011 marks only the second time in the history of the Fund that it exceeded the $450 million target established for it by the General Assembly.

Additionally, $46.4 million was transferred from the CERF loan window to the grant window with the reduction of the loan element by the General Assembly.

27 Jan 2012 description
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One third of Niger's population is food insecure. The Government is facing a grain shortfall of 692,501 tons following another severe drought across the Sahel.

27 Jan 2012 description
report Reuters - AlertNet
  • UNICEF seeks funds to save lives in 8 Sahel countries

  • Sahel instability fueled by al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, compounds crisis

GENEVA, Jan 27 (Reuters) - More than 1 million children in the Sahel are at risk of severe malnutrition and urgent action is needed to avert starvation akin to that in Somalia, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned on Friday.

27 Jan 2012 description
report Save the Children

Almost 3 million children in Niger are facing a growing hunger crisis triggered by crop shortages, rising food prices and insecurity in neighbouring countries, Save the Children has warned.

The aid agency is appealing for funds to support a planned £30 million emergency response to help those affected and try to avert the worst of the crisis.

Sophisticated early warning systems are predicting that 6 million people, half of them children, could be left without enough to eat later this year, after poor harvests led to food shortages and a spike in food prices.