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The food crisis has been growing to enormous proportions in West Africa and the poverty charity Christian Aid has been working on the ground to help resolve this rapidly growing problem.

Consequences of cyclic drought and irregular harvests have been affecting food production in communities of west Africa resulting in more than ten million people suffering from scarcity offood.

Professional analysts predict that the period between July and August will suffer a crucial failure of food production, and they further anticipate that the next period of gathering meaningful crops is not expected until as late as October.

The community worst affected by this awful phenomenon is Niger. In Niger approximately 400,000 children are at risk of starvation -parts of Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad and Nigeria are starting to really feel the impact of the crisis.

The charity Christian Aid - which is one of the largest Christian charites - has already given away £100,000 to three organisations which are working to resolve the problem of the food crisis in the north of Niger.

The financial help given to these communities in the north of Niger by the Christian organisation plans to support cereal banks and food distribution. They are also planning to set up cash-for-work programmes that will empower families to buy cereals and grains in the markets. Part of the money is also used to provide food for the women and children in immediate need.

To resolve and reduce the future food shortages and to help feed the most vulnerable communities the charity Christian Aid has agreed a grant for 700,000 Euros from the EU to be used for a seven month project.

Learn more about Present Aid from Christian Aid as a way to support them.

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