Niger to receive $6 million in food aid to avoid crisis

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Hausa women sell their livestock produce, hardly any of it is consumed at home

A United Nations humanitarian fund has allocated $6 million to three United Nations agencies to jump-start its emergency response to address food insecurity in Niger.

The CERF, or Central Emergency Fund, was established in 2005 to make funding for humanitarian emergencies faster and more equitable.

The cereal deficit in the West Africa country is estimated at over half a million tons of grains.

Prolonged drought, poor rains, and insufficient harvests are the main factors behind the food crisis, says UNICEF's Representative, Guido Cornale.

"What we see now is villages who have lost their harvest whether to drought or to pests are already getting out to seek livelihoods elsewhere, and children are being taken out of school, and we have to tackle the situation immediately before it is too late."

Duration: 18''

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