Hungry For Help: Food Crisis in Niger| 15mins
Director: IRIN | Producer: IRIN
Focus Years: 2005 | Country: Kenya
In late 2004 Aid Agencies began warning that the people of Niger were facing serious food insecurity as a consequence of drought and last year's locust invasion. But the warnings fell on deaf ears and by July 2005 dramatic pictures of the unfolding emergency began to play out in the world's media. But Niger's problems, as with much of Sub-Saharan Africa, are the consequences of poor infrastructure and lack of development. Rather than food aid, what the people of Niger really need is development aid.