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Drought threatens African humanitarian crisis

"Pastoralists – and settled farmers – from the rural areas are drifting into towns. Not just the men, who usually make seasonal migrations for work, but women and children too. These are sometimes epic journeys of up to 1,000km. Journeys made to escape the hunger.

'It’s difficult for people to adapt to these changes,' Patricia Hoorelbeke, the regional representative for Action Against Hunger, told me over the phone. 'But they have to. They have to move and it’s causing pressure on the land. And when they get to the towns, they have no money. It’s a big problem.'"

In Brief: Mixed blessing of first rain

"Sudden temperature change, the physiological demands on the digestive system of changing from a fodder to a grass diet, and water-borne diseases are always taxing for the cattle. 'Since the animals are already extremely weak, many are expected to die with the first rains,' said NGO Action Against Hunger’s (ACF) West Africa regional representative Patricia Hoorelbeke.

10 million fear worst as Sahel faces new food crisis

"Sixty kilometres (40 miles) from Mao, at Nokou, people make do with whatever dates they can find near dry river beds to survive, said a member of the Action contre la faim (Action against Hunger) NGO."

Urgent Reminders from Niger

"According to humanitarian agency Action Against Hunger, the government estimated that nearly one million children are moderately malnourished and another 200,000 have severe acute malnutrition, a life-threatening condition. Even if those children survive, their physical and mental development will likely be as stunted as the nation’s. The government assessment showed that, at the beginning of the year, household foodstocks had already been depleted for about 20% of the population.

Threat of Humanitarian Disaster in Niger

"'The food situation in Niger has reached a critical stage,' said Lauren Taylor, Niger desk officer for Action Against Hunger in a press release. 'Families with no other options are going days without eating or are resorting to begging and borrowing to cope with massive shortfalls.'"

Hunger and Malnutrition Crisis Resurfaces in Niger

NEW YORK, NY—In response to massive food shortages and staggering acute malnutrition rates in Niger, international humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger | ACF International launched an emergency response to provide nutritional support to children, increase the income of vulnerable families, and bolster a national initiative to dampen the impact of the crisis.

Q+A- Niger and Chad on hunger alert

"Action Against Hunger (ACF) is providing logistical and technical support for the Niger authorities' response, which includes cash-for-work programmes to create 800 new village grain banks and reinforce another 1,000 existing banks. ACF is also providing nutritional support to 18,000 acutely malnourished under-five-year-olds in southern Niger and cash-based grants to 1,900 vulnerable people to boost purchasing power at local food markets.

Efforts to avert Niger food crisis undeterred by coup

"We continue to function normally," Michael Flachaire, head of Action Against Hunger's Spanish arm (ACF-E) in Niger, told AlertNet. "What is important to us is that all the technical and administrative authorities at local level continue to operate because they are vital to any response that international humanitarian organisations have to provide."

Plumpy'nut: The magic potion that's saving lives in Niger

"'We were already asking ourselves questions about TFCs,' Caroline Wilkinson, a nutritionist with Action Against Hunger, says. 'We were asking ourselves whether mothers could and should stay for such a long time in a TFC, because it has consequences on life at home.'"


About Action Against Hunger | ACF International

Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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