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Hunger Looms In Niger As Food Prices Spike

Over 750,000 people in the West African country of Niger are severely food insecure, a number which could rise to over one million by early 2012. Copyright: WFP/Phil Behan

A poor harvest in the West African country of Niger has caused food prices to shoot up at a time of year they would normally be at their lowest. Concerned that the bad harvest could lead to a full-blown hunger crisis, WFP is planning an urgent scale-up of operations to reach as many as 3 million people with food aid.