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Vol 51 No 10

Published 14th May 2010


Niger

A food crisis foretold

The Niamey junta is tinkering with its transition programme but it is better at handling a food emergency than the previous regime Aid workers have been warning for some time now that millions of people in Niger will go hungry again this year. When they did the same thing five years ago, President Mamadou Tandja denied there was any problem. This time, the soldiers of the Conseil Suprême pour la Restauration de la Démocratie (Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy, CSRD), who ousted Tandja in a February coup, acted faster and more effectively (AC Vol 51 Nos 5 & 6). They quickly accepted that there was a problem so severe that it amounted to a famine.

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