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2009-01-19 09:15:00

Like most sub-Saharan African countries, Niger faces problems meeting its water needs. As part of ESA's TIGER initiative, satellite data are being used to identify underground water resources in the drought-prone country. Due to the rainfall variability in time and in space, during recent years the rain-fed agriculture struggles to meet the requirements of food security in the Sahel area. ESA's WADE (Water resources Assessment using SAR in Desert and arid lands in West African Ecosystems)...

2008-06-19 06:00:15

By Anonymous Environment West African leaders, meeting at a summit convened in the Nigerien capital Niamey, have endorsed a 20-year rescue plan to save the Niger River. The $8.6bn project will involve four five- year programmes to reforest, rehabilitate land, and dredge to remove silt from the 4,200km-long river. The Niger Basin Authority (ABN) commits the nine member nations to preserve the ecosystem of one of Africa's most important rivers and ensure a fair distribution of its waters to...

2006-04-04 16:46:26

NIAMEY (Reuters) - Niger said on Tuesday it would deny accreditation to foreign journalists who reported alleged food shortages in the central African state after criticising three BBC journalists for their "negative" coverage. The BBC said on Monday a team of its journalists had their permission to work withdrawn by the government in Niamey after finding evidence of food shortages in the Maradi region in central Niger, hard hit by last year's humanitarian crisis. But Niger's...

2006-02-13 08:10:00

NIAMEY (Reuters) - Niger, where nearly one in three people went hungry last year after drought and locusts hit rural areas, launched a programme on Saturday to help 15,200 acutely malnourished children in the capital Niamey. The programme, supported by U.N. Children's Fund UNICEF, aims to feed and provide medical help to malnourished children as well as educating their communities, public health ministry spokesman Mamane Issaka said. "This malnutrition is not solely the result of a shortage...

2006-02-11 14:50:00

NIAMEY (Reuters) - Niger, where nearly one in three people went hungry last year after drought and locusts hit rural areas, launched a program on Saturday to help 15,200 acutely malnourished children in the capital Niamey. The program, supported by UN Children's Fund UNICEF, aims to feed and provide medical help to malnourished children as well as educating their communities, public health ministry spokesman Mamane Issaka said. "This malnutrition is not solely the result of a shortage of...

2005-12-03 08:57:45

NIAMEY (Reuters) - A court in Niger has jailed a local journalist for two months for publishing a report which suggested the country's state treasurer could face charges of embezzlement. Siddo Elhadj, who as state treasurer is a public servant in charge of the treasury, filed a complaint after the privately owned "Le Visionnaire" reported he might stand trial for embezzling almost 17 billion CFA francs. The court also ordered Abdoulkarim Salifou Soumaila, the weekly's managing...

2005-08-03 09:17:09

By Finbarr O'Reilly YAMA, Niger (Reuters) - Emergency operations to feed 2.5 million people in Niger reached some of their first beneficiaries on Wednesday, but there was only enough for some of the hundreds of women and children who came in search of help. Mothers who left their homes at dawn to trek to the northeastern village of Yama swelled a crowd of expectant faces to more than 1,000 by the time aid workers began handing out biscuits and flour from a stock designed for 500 people....

2005-07-30 15:17:49

By Matthew Green KALFOU, Niger (Reuters) - France blamed a food crisis gripping its former colony Niger on a late response by the entire international community on Saturday, saying it was not the only country responsible for aiding the world's poor. It said it would triple food aid to 4.6 million euros ($5.6 million) this year for Niger, where starvation threatens the lives of tens of thousands of children and has left millions of adults hungry after drought and locusts destroyed crops....

2005-07-22 07:55:16

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - On a continent where a man's worth is often measured by his cattle, rivalry for the beasts and the degraded land they graze on is sparking lethal conflicts across Africa. Observers say the violence is rooted in increasingly parched soil which has been battered by overgrazing, erosion, population growth and global warming, exacerbating struggles among human communities with ancient and blood-stained histories. Last week cattle rustlers in northern...

2005-07-20 17:04:04

By Matthew Green DAKAR (Reuters) - The costs of saving millions of people starving in Niger are rocketing because rich nations ignored calls for early intervention to avert the ravages of last year's drought, relief workers said on Wednesday. Increasingly desperate appeals from aid agencies and the government have encouraged donors to come forward with funds in the past few weeks, but only after large numbers of children began dying of diseases brought on by hunger. "The funding needs are...


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