“We urgently need to concentrate on rehabilitation and prevention to stop more crises in the next years”, said Raymond Younoussi Yoro, Secretary General of Caritas Niger.
Niger was hit by a major food crisis this year that affected around 60% of the population. It’s one of the many countries around the world where starvation is endemic.
One in six people will go hungry on World Food Day 16 October and on every other day too.
Caritas says urgent action is needed for the 925 million people still suffering from hunger.
The first Millennium Development Goal is to cut by half the number of hungry people by 2015.
The international community has committed to achieving these goals, but it seems less likely that they will be met.
The MDG on poverty, if it is achieved, can only be a first target. Caritas has a vision of zero poverty.
No one should be denied the right to food and no one should have to live in extreme poverty. Caritas believes that small farmers should be supported as priority, through investment in small-scale agriculture and involvement of local communities.
- Read an interview with Caritas Niger’s Secretary General Raymond Younoussi Yoro about this year’s food crisis and current challenges in his country.