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How To Make Niger More Resilient To Drought

How To Make Niger More Resilient To Drought

Maradi province, Niger. Pastoralists hit by the third drought in 8 years in Niger meet to discuss how to deal with the lack of grass, water and land for their cattle. WFP is supporting them by enabling communities to plant new fields and through water management projects.   

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Pastoralist Ali Kadri, 24 year old father of two kids, has walked for two weeks to find a lake and grass for his cattle. He had to leave his home region of Tchintabaraden in Southern Niger as it is hit by the third drought in only 8 years, with no grass or food for his cows and sheep. 

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Pastoralist Dadi Bacheron,48, father of ten. He has searched for 15 days to find grass and the lake behind him so he can feed his cattle again. He says: “I can’t sleep at night because I’m so concerned about my family back home

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Women work in a WFP “Cash for Work” project in southern Niger. More than 2000 people benefit from the project. The women are paid 2 Euros per day for 4 hours work, allowing them to take care of their fields and families at the same time. 

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Children from 200 households gather in their village as it is “pay day”: Their mothers and fathers are working in a WFP Cash for Work project, which allows them to rebuild the road to the next town and local market.

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This is Zouley, mother of 1 month old twins Hassana and Ousseina. When the malnourished mother gave birth to her twins, they weighed only 1.3 kilograms. Thanks to therapeutic milk for the babies and fortified food for the mother, the babies have doubled their weight and the family can leave the hospital soon. 

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A cook and her daughter in the kitchen of an overcrowded hospital for malnourished children in Maradi. In the kitchen food provided by WFP is prepared for the mothers of the malnourished kids so they are strong enough to breastfeed their babies soon. The babies are fed by UNICEF with special nutritious food.

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