West Africa Food Crisis 2012
The Sahel region of West Africa is facing a hunger crisis in 2012 with the UN and governments estimating that more than 13 million people in Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Chad are at risk of serious food shortages. Please give generously and help us strengthen vulnerable communities. www.tearfund.org/westafrica
Niger’s cuisine is most celebrated for its delectable and exotic spices. One of Niger’s most celebrated culinary contributions is its grilled meat, but other staple Nigerien foods include rice, chicken, millet, yams, plantains, and mangoes. No meal is complete without a flavorful stew or sauce seasoned with ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, or saffron. The country’s cuisine is largely influenced by French, Muslim, and African culture.
A malnourished 18-month-old in drought stricken Niger, #Africa. Her mother said: “We ate yesterday but we don’t have anything for today. Tomorrow, I don’t know. Maybe God will provide for me so I can eat tomorrow. Neighbours used to help us if they had enough food themselves but they don’t have anything for us today so we won’t eat.” You can help children like this one by visiting www.tearfund.org/...
Tearfund helped to set up a market garden initiative which enabled Azourfa, a mother from Niger, to grow cabbages. She says it helped her a lot but now this vegetable supply has run out. “If it wasn’t for the market gardening work, the situation would be worse and I would be suffering a lot more." #sahel #hunger Richard Hanson/Tearfund
Tearfund has been working through partner teams in Niger, Mali, Chad and Burkina, the countries worst affected, to build resilience in village food supplies through market gardening. With this food crisis seen as the worst in recent memory, teams have increased their emergency response, providing food rations of millet and running cash-for-work projects as well as selling food at reduced prices and supporting grain banks. #food #africa Richard Hanson/Tearfund
"Sometimes the children cry and complain with hunger," said one mother from #Niger. "I try and convince them that I will find something for them though I know it is not easy. Sometimes I would lie to them to convince them. It’s painful because if I lie after a few hours the children will realise what I have said is not true." Richard Hanson/Tearfund
Five months ago Azourfa’s husband left Kamrey, a village in southern Niger, to find work in Nigeria. Unable to carry firewood to sell, due to an injury, Azourfa now collects goat droppings for use as fertilizer by a local farmer who pays a fraction of what she needs to buy millet. #Niger #africa #food Richard Hanson/Tearfund