Fight against drought: 6.2 billion CFA francs from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to prevent humanitarian suffering in Niger

The United Nations, in close collaboration with the government, activated a drought anticipation framework in Niger to prevent and mitigate the immediate impact of insufficient rainfall associated with this shock and climate change. In support of this framework, Emergency Assistance Coordinator Martin Griffiths approved US$9.5 million (6.2 billion CFA francs) from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in Niger.

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Thanks to these funds, the United Nations and its partners will support some of the most vulnerable and at-risk communities through humanitarian interventions that will help mitigate the impact of the consequences linked to the rainfall deficit recorded between the months of June and July. 2022

“Our humanitarian system must be as proactive as possible to avoid suffering.
This CERF allocation should be a reminder to everyone to fully fund ongoing operations and support the proactive approach,” said Martin Griffiths.

According to the Humanitarian Coordinator in Niger, Ms. Louise Aubin, the humanitarian community in collaboration with the government, this year demonstrated its effectiveness in helping people in need. “As of June 30 this year, we have provided assistance to save the lives of 2.2 million people. It’s time to build on that foundation to avoid suffering and look to the future differently. “, she said.

In Niger, rainfall deficits have an impact on many farmers who have experienced sowing failures, sometimes as many as four attempts. Droughts are also the main factor in the deterioration of the livelihoods of pastoralists in agropastoral and pastoral areas, contributing to accentuate their vulnerability and poverty.
The current rainy season is essential for farmers and herders to produce enough food to meet the food and subsistence needs of their families, communities and livestock until next year’s harvest. However, concerns about the outcome of this season exist in locations where rainfall measured between June 1 and July 31, 2022 is among the lowest in 30 years, particularly in the southwestern part of the country.

According to the Minister of Humanitarian Action and Disaster Management, Mr. Laouan Magagi, activating the anticipatory action framework is more than beneficial in the Niger context. “In fact, our country is subject to the vagaries of climate change that result in great variability, in particular the modification of hydrological and rainfall regimes, extreme temperatures alternating with floods and droughts that have become recurrent.

Our country was selected in 2021 as a pilot country and today the trigger threshold for activating the action pilot has been reached. I take this opportunity to thank, on behalf of the Government, all partners who contributed to this activation, which greatly opens the door to the support of the United Nations and its partners to vulnerable Niger communities exposed to various crises and shocks.”

The humanitarian situation in Niger remains complex given the multiplicity of crises that affect this country. This year, 3.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance due to insecurity, global economic shocks and erratic rains last year. According to the results of the March 2022 Harmonized Framework, 4.4 million people would be food insecure during the scarcity season that is coming to an end.

Source: OCHA

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