11/10/2013 14:24 GMT
NIAMEY, November 10, 2013 (AFP) - About one million people in Niger, one of the world's poorest nations, are facing severe food shortages due to poor harvests after a drought and flooding, Prime Minister Brigi Rafini said.
"This season was not what we expected," Rafini said during a parliamentary debate Saturday according to a television report on Sunday. "We can write off this year."
Rafini said that according to a first evaluation "about one million are at risk and must be assisted".