Niger: UN fund allocates more resources to hunger-stricken population
The CERF allocation made available to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) last week will be used to improve nutrition and provide livelihood support to people most affected by the crisis.
Poor harvests that followed inadequate rainfall in Niger over the past year have spawned a major food crisis in the West African country. An assessment carried out in April indicated that over 7 million people, or about 46 per cent of Niger’s population, are suffering from moderate or severe food insecurity.
The survey revealed a significant increase in the number of people experiencing severe food shortages, with the figure rising from 2.6 million in December last year to 3.3 million people in April. It also showed high levels of vulnerability in urban areas, particularly among new migrants, as well as a higher rate of severe food insecurity among women.
The results of a nutrition survey in June showed that global acute malnutrition prevalence exceeded the 15 per cent emergency threshold, with 16.7 per cent of young children affected. Severe acute malnutrition rose from 2.1 per cent last year to 3.2 per cent this year.
The latest allocation brings the total amount of money disbursed by the fund, which is managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), to Niger this year to $35 million.