The UN growing concerned over the continuing food crisis in Niger
Nov 18, 2011
The food crisis in Niger is of a growing concern for the United Nations, as the organization reports that more than half of the country's villages are affected. Additionally, the UN's news source predicts that things could grow worse for the country once its annual harvest season ends.
According to a report from the UN, approximately 6,981 villages are labeled as vulnerable to food insecurity. Those at the greatest risk for malnutrition include infants and mothers. The country currently has a food deficit of 500,000 tons of cereal and at least 10 million tons of fodder for livestock.
Elisabeth Byrs, a spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, noted that although the country has improved its food situation over the last year, much of the rural population is still struggling.
According to the Agence France-Presse, in June of this year the level of malnourished children had reached alarming levels in seven of the eight regions of Niger. Next month, the UN will develop an analysis of the exact number of people affected in the country.