Drought has hit the Sahel region this year just as many families are still in the process of rebuilding their lives, and re-stocking cattle after the last food crisis which struck in 2010. Niger is facing a grain shortfall of 692,501 tons following another severe drought across the Sahel. Rising food prices and already chronic levels of malnutrition, particularly amongst children, are compounding the crisis which is affecting many regions of the country.
One third of Niger's population is food insecure, and estimated five million people are facing a crisis caused by a combination of failed rains, poor crop yields and pest attacks. Four out of five of those affected live in urban areas. The government has said that a rapid response will be needed to avert a full scale food crisis.
The CaLP two-day workshops aim to contribute to the current emergency response by building field cash and vouchers practitioners capacity in CTP through exchanges and guidance. The first round of workshops took place in Zinder, 14-15 February; and in Tessaoua (Maradi Region), 17-18 February 2012. This round was hosted by Save the Children field offices and attended by Government officials, Red Cross Societies, UN, INGOs and LNGOs and private sector CTP partners (microfinance institutions). The next rounds will include Tahoua and Tillaberi in the western most affected part of Niger.
WFP and Save the Children responded to CaLP request for training on Household Economy Analysis (HEA). The first phase – theoretical – took place from 27 February to 3 March 2012. The second – practical – will be carried out from 8th to 21st March 2012. This training shed light on important CTP issues like targeting, assessments, market monitoring, etc. Niger CTWG called for this training that will help them to prepare their response to the humanitarian crisis in Niger.
As humanitarian actors struggle to avert a full-scale food crisis in Niger, CaLP and partners are upping the support provided to emergency cash transfer actors in the country.
A one-day workshop will be held on 2 February, allocated to Niger-specific “targeting” and “value of the cash transfer". This workshop aims at providing guidance on minimum standards for these two themes.
CaLP and the Niger government launched the French version of the Good Practice Review on Cash Transfers in Emergencies in Niamey, Niger, on 15th December 2011. The ceremony held at the Seyni Kountché stadium in Niamey and was merged with CaLP-Private sector CTP exhibition. Banks, Micro-finance institutions and Mobile phone companies exposed their products and services related to CTP. ATM devices of many kinds, mobile phone services and devices, financial and banking systems and products and services were shown to the public. 150 people were invited including Government officials, CTP head of programmes, UN, INGOs and LNGOs, donors and private sector CTP partners (banks, Microfinance institutions and Mobile phone Companies).
This document was prepared by CaLP, ECB, infoasaid and ACAPS based on review of secondary data, field studies on-going during the emergency, contact with individuals working in the field, use of lessons learned and experience from past similar crises or disasters.
It provides an overview of the food insecurity situation in Niger.
Niamey, 20 October 2011 - The Government of Niger today launched two major cash-based initiatives.
In response to the current food insecurity crisis in the country, the government announced a 6-month emergency cash transfer programme.
Another government led-initiative is the "Projet des filets sociaux" (social safety net project), a US $70 million initiative over 6 years.
One of the poorest countries in the world, Niger is currently ranked last on the Human Development Index. One in every 5 children dies before they reach their 5th birthday, and nearly half of the population is under 15 years of age. The country does not grow enough food to meet the needs of its rapidly expanding population, and about one in five face extreme food insecurity even in a normal year. Over the past two decades the prevalence of chronic malnutrition in children under five has increased in Niger from 27% in 1992 to 46% in 2009. The highest rates are usually found in the southern regions (Diffa, Zinder and Maradi), but in 2010 throughout the country the prevalence of global acute malnutrition was above the critical threshold of 10%, even in the capital Niamey.
In 2010 250,000 children affected by severe acute malnutrition were admitted to therapeutic centres for direct life-saving interventions while 7 million people (half the population) suffered from food insecurity.
There is encouraging progress in efforts to tackle inequities and reduce extreme poverty. In recent years, several actors in Niger advocated for the implementation of a national safety net to ensure minimum income for the poorest. In October 2010 the Government with the support of the World Bank launched a fairly big pilot social safety net project. There are opportunities to use such a project as leverage for promoting pro-poor livelihoods development.
Contact the Niger Focal Point, Nicolas Syed, at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The government of Niger warns that a rapid response will be needed to avert a full scale food crisis. CaLP is working to support humanitarian organisations implementing emergency cash transfers as part of the response.
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Niamey, 20 October 2011 - The Government of Niger has launched two major cash-based initiatives in response to the food insecurity crisis in the country.
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