The UN fears a “major food crisis” in

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Nearly 600,000 people are already food safe in this region of western Niger, warns Ocha, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the country, which calls on the government and its partners to take action. Up to the situation.

Nearly 450 villages in the Tillabéri region are at high risk of a food crisis, according to the UN agency, following an assessment of the agropastoral campaign in Niger. “The situation is more than worrying” at the Banibangou ward, where nearly 80,000 people are at risk of running out of food.

Between June and August last year, “several dozen peasants” in Banibangou were murdered “cold in their fields” by the jihadists. The peasants therefore abandoned their crops. Uncertainty and the establishment of a state of emergency have also made access to markets more difficult. Hence the lack of access to food and the rising local prices of sorghum, corn and cowpea.

Humanitarian actors are concerned about the risks of an increase in the number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition this year due to the combined effects of insecurity and floods, followed by forced relocation, endemics and epidemics of malaria, Covid-19, cholera and measles.

“Today, much remains to be done for a region that already hosts more than 100,000 internally displaced persons,” Ocha emphasizes. In addition, strong measures must be taken by the government and its partners, the UN agency believes, to avoid the Tillabéri region from a major food crisis “.

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