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?
A: The situation is very serious and is raising increased concern among humanitarian actors. It is not just Niger that is affected; it is the entire Sahel sub-region. And the crisis is not only looming but it has already started. We have evidence that families and households in several rural communities in Niger, particularly in the Tillabéry and Tahoua regions in the west, are running out of food stocks and their cattle is threatened by drought.
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