Niger needs US$390 million in 2014 to help vulnerable people cope with food insecurity, according to the Humanitarian Response Plan developed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
The plan, launched this weekend by the Nigerien authorities, is intended to help meet the needs not only of the food insecure people, but also children facing malnutrition, according to Fode Ndiaye, Resident Representative of the UN system for Niger.
'We also want to meet the needs of refugees and returnees who fled from the Malian conflict and the situation in northern Nigeria,' he said.
Mr. Ndiaye said the Strategic Response Plan was based on a three-year, multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder approach, and is intended to support the efforts of the Government of Niger.
During the launch, Niger's Prime Minister Brigi Rafini said the plan would be implemented under the leadership of the government. However, Rafini said no stakeholder must be excluded.
This response plan will cover nearly 3.3 million people across the country in 2014 and will help strengthen the resilience of communities.
Niger, which had a difficult agricultural and pastoral season, is preparing to face large food deficits, estimated at 343 566 tonnes.