Reference : V-P-NE-E-00038
Date : 04/05/2012
Country/Region : NIGER
Caption : Tillabéry region, Ouallam department, Tizégorou. Programme "cash for work" organized by the ICRC and the Red Cross Society of Niger to restore degraded soil.
Photographer : ABDOURAHAMANE, Moussa
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, Operational Update No 12/01, 01-06-2012

Niger: coping with the food crisis

Niger is experiencing a food crisis, like other countries of the Sahel, and must cope with an influx of refugees and of its own nationals fleeing conflict in northern Mali. The ICRC and the Red Cross Society of Niger are bringing aid to the neediest.

"In the area around Tillabéry, where we are focusing our efforts, people had not yet recovered from the crisis of 2009-2010 when they had to accommodate tens of thousands of Malian refugees and Niger returnees within just a few weeks at the beginning of this year," said Jürg Eglin, who heads the ICRC's regional delegation for Niger and Mali. "Given the scale of their needs, they now have to rely on emergency food aid. They also need financial support, livestock feed, and support to prepare for the growing and grazing season."


Beyond the emergency
"The people in the Tillabéry and Agadez areas are asking for nothing more than to be able to fend for themselves, without outside help," said Mr Amoti. "In addition to often vital food aid, a longer-term effort, including self-help measures such as cash for work, is needed to help them and to serve as a model."

In the two areas, both of which are vulnerable to the vagaries of climate, the ICRC and the Red Cross Society of Niger have undertaken to help communities restore degraded soil, cut back invasive trees, and build river weirs or deepen natural ponds by giving them, in return, cash that they can use to meet their needs. In the Agadez area, the ICRC is currently searching for the best way of making sure that the people will eventually have access to the feed they need for their animals even in drought conditions.

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Orientation : landscape
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