Friday, 6 May 2011
Niger stared famine in the face last year but was able to avert the crisis with the assistance of the international community (once a coup had removed the previous leader and cleared the way for a crisis to be declared). The food aid, however, could not address the loss of livelihood assets and reserves as a result of the drought and severe food shortages. This year, 2.6 million people face hunger despite improved harvests. Millions wait, now, for this year's rains (due in May) to arrive, hoping to be able to survive long enough to benefit from what might, if they are very lucky, be a good rainy season.