Thursday, August 12, 2010
Very poor rains in 2009 and late rains this season have led to severe food insecurity in many areas of Niger. Since last September, food prices have risen by approximately 25 per cent. Other factors affecting families’ ability to feed themselves and their livestock include worsening wind and soil erosion, a three per cent population growth, increasing mortality rates and rising temperatures
Even if more rain now falls, the harvest itself is predicted to yield only 50 per cent of what would be expected in a year of good rainfall.
Christian Aid has launched an appeal to provide immediate help for the ten million people facing the prospect of severe food shortages across the Sahel region of West Africa.
Despite over six months of warnings, the funding for the crisis has been paltry and slow with the UN appeal for Niger still $107m short of its target. Some countries have increased their support, but others have been slower and less generous. ACT member Christian Aid, along with other aid agencies, is calling on rich countries to give generously and immediately fund the crisis in order to prevent a catastrophe, and to engage at the highest political levels to overcome current delays in the delivery of aid.