News / Africa

Nigeriens Use Simple Solutions to Help Avert Food Crisis

NigerNiger
x
Niger
Niger
Kim Lewis
As the food crisis continues to spread across the Sahel region, the lean season, also called the hunger season, has also started in the region, making day to day life even more of a struggle.  It is a time that families look ahead to the next harvest while trying to cope with minimal food and the impending rainy season.
                   
The World Food Program, WFP and its partners have launched a regional response to the crisis to reach more than nine million people who are in need of food.
 
Stephanie Tremblay, a spokesperson for the WFP’s Nairobi office, was recently in Niger.  She said the country relies heavily on agriculture to support itself, and the harvest last year was not good and in some areas locusts had destroyed crops while other areas had drought, causing food shortages. 

World Food Program spokesperson Stephanie Tremblay
World Food Program spokesperson Stephanie Tremblayi
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X

However, Tremblay said local villagers, along with humanitarian agencies, have been working together to provide solutions to the food shortages.
 
“One very good thing that has been happening this year is that we’ve known this was coming.  We’ve known that it would be hard for people and we’ve prepared,” said Tremblay.
 
She said the WFP has focused on the most vulnerable areas of the country, talking to people and working with them.
 
“They presented projects on how could they help their land get better, and not go to neighboring countries to try to make money to send to their families back to Niger,” said Tremblay.
 
As a result Tremblay said she sees dozens of projects where people are finding innovative solutions to improve their land.
 
For example, in one small village she visited, people in the community had come together and built something very simple to help preserve their seeds when the rains come.
 
“They built little holes in the land so that they could plant seeds and fertilize them so that when it rains, the seeds don’t wash away, and they have a better chance of growing more food,” explained Tremblay.
 
Tremblay said the result of these types of projects have been very positive.  People have more money to purchase food, and they’ve been able to stay in their homes.

You May Like

Myanmar Fighting Poses Dilemma for China

To gain some insight into conflict, VOA’s Steve Herman spoke with Min Zaw Oo, director of ceasefire negotiation and implementation at Myanmar Peace Center More

Australia Concerned Over Islamic State 'Brides'

Canberra believes there are between 30 and 40 Australian women who have taken part in terror attacks or are supporting the Islamic State terror network More

Recreational Marijuana Use Now Legal in Washington, DC

Law allows adults 21 and over to privately possess and smoke 0.05 kilogram of pot, and to grow small amounts of the plant More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: grainne ryder from: Canada
June 12, 2012 9:17 AM
Really? This is all the World Food Programme has to report - starving people are digging bigger holes in the ground to protect their crops. Come on. You're spending a lot of time appealing to people to donate to WFP - this article does nothing to suggest citizens should top up what our governments are already giving to WFP out of our pockets.

Or is some intern simply trying to pair the word innovative solutions with the World Food Programme, and having no clue as to either?

by: Garagumsa from: Niger
June 12, 2012 9:09 AM
I think they are talking about zaï holes, a well-known concept in west africa. But please, let us not forget: the WFP are a key element in the problem of Niger. Their approach of distributing imported food enhances food insecurity in the long term. This has contributed to why Niger is where it is today. And the fact that they have now started spreading GMO foods makes this consequence even more serious.

by: Brian from: Oakland
June 08, 2012 4:18 PM
I wish this article addressed the solutions a bit more in depth. I kept reading to find some descriptions but they never came. The holes sound interesting, but I'm left wondering how they work.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Casei
X
Katherine Gypson
February 25, 2015 11:30 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
Video

Video US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
Video

Video Falling Gas Prices Hurt Nascent Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Industry

Falling oil prices are helping consumers purchase cheaper petroleum at the pump. But that’s made hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” less economically viable for the companies in the United States invested in the process. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports on one Midwestern town that was hoping to change its fortunes by cashing in on the next big U.S. oil boom.
Video

Video Fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan Fuels Mass Displacement

Heavy fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan state is causing hundreds of thousands to flee into uncertain conditions. Local aid organizations estimate as many as 400,000 civilians have been internally displaced since the conflict began more than three years ago, while another 250,000 have fled across the border to refugee camps in South Sudan. VOA's Adam Bailes reports.
Video

Video Lao Dam Project Runs Into Opposition

A Lao dam project on a section of the Mekong River is drawing opposition from local fishermen, international environmental groups and neighboring countries. VOA's Say Mony visited the region to investigate the concerns. Colin Lovett narrates.
Video

Video A Filmmaker Discovers Her Biracial Identity in "Little White Lie

Lacey Schwartz grew up in an upper middle-class Jewish family, in a town in upstate New York where almost everyone she knew was white. She assumed that she was, as well. Her recent documentary, Little White Lie, tells the story of how she uncovered the secret of her true racial background. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more on the film.
Video

Video Deep Under Antarctic Ice Sheet, Life!

With the end of summer in the Southern hemisphere, the Antarctic research season is over. Scientists from Northern Illinois University are back in their laboratory after a 3-month expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest floating ice sheet. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, they hope to find clues to explain the dynamics of the rapidly melting ice and its impact on sea level rise.
Video

Video US-Cuba Normalization Talks Resume Friday

Negotiations aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba resume Friday. On the table: lifting a half-century trade embargo and easing banking and travel restrictions. There's opposition in Congress, but some analysts say there may be sufficient political and economic incentives in both nations for a potential breakthrough this year. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.
Video

Video Pakistan's Deadline For SIM Registration Has Cellphone Users Scrambling

Pakistani cell phone users have until midnight Thursday to register their SIM cards, or their service will be cut off. While some privacy experts worry about government intrusion, many Pakistanis are just worried about keeping their phone lines open. VOA Deewa reporter Arshad Muhmand has more from Peshawar.
Video

Video Myanmar Warns Factory Workers to End Strikes

Outside Myanmar's main city Yangon, thousands of workers walked off their jobs earlier this month demanding a doubling of their wages, pay raises after a year and input from labor unions on industrial regulations. Since Friday, the standoff has grown more tense as police moved in to disrupt the sit-ins, resulting in clashes that injured people from both sides. VOA correspondent Steve Herman visited industrial zones which have become a focus of Myanmar's fledgling workers rights movement.
Video

Video Oscar Winners Do More Than Thank the Academy

The Academy Awards presentation is Hollywood’s night to reward the best movies from the previous year. It’s typically a lot of glitter, a lot of thank you’s, a lot of speeches. But many of this year’s speeches carried messages beyond the thank you's. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti takes a look.

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More