The Food Crisis in Niger
August 2, 2010 2:40 AM Subscribe
An ongoing drought
in Niger has resulted in a famine that threatens millions of people
. "These are very high levels of child malnutrition, the situation is bad," said Gianluca Ferrera, deputy director for the UN world food programme (WFP) in Niger. "The loss in harvest last year was worse than expected, and the lean season started earlier than anticipated for a larger share of the population. "In some areas, there is a 50% malnutrition rate for children under 2. Many of these children will not survive."The crisis is not limited to within Niger's borders
: The situation is critical across a band of the Sahel, from northern Mali to Chad, where 10 million people find themselves in a state of distress, beyond the critical threshold.
Despite warning signs
for many months, relief efforts are slow