Half of vil­lages face food short­fall, UN says

Ottawa Citizen - - WORLD -

Al­most six mil­lion peo­ple liv­ing in more than half of Niger’s vil­lages are fac­ing a food and nu­tri­tion cri­sis, the United Na­tions warned on Fri­day. “Ap­prox­i­mately 6,900 vil­lages out of 10,000 are in a vul­ner­a­ble sit­u­a­tion,” said Elisabeth Byrs, spokes­woman for the UN Of­fice for the Co-or­di­na­tion of Hu­man­i­tar­ian Af­fairs (OCHA). Last month Niger’s govern­ment said the droughthit coun­try had har­vested 500,000 tonnes less ce­real than re­quired, rais­ing con­cerns of a food short­age cri­sis right across the Sa­hel.

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