Other recent blog entries
21 Jan 2013 | Blog | Emergency Relief
Caritas Australia is currently supporting a resilience project in the Tillaberi region of Niger in West Africa. The project is called ‘Bonbatu’ which means resilience in Zarma, the literal translation being to ‘protect myself’ or ‘I become stronger’ which is what this project aims to do for families vulnerable to food insecurity.
Tags: Sahel, West Africa food crisis, resilience, West Africa, food insecurity | No comments
7 Nov 2012 | Blog | Emergency Relief
After what has been a very trying and anxious time for the people of Burkina Faso this year, it is a great pleasure to be with them at harvest time. The rains have been much better than recent years and the country is buzzing with life; the lakes and reservoirs are full with copious water lilies in bloom; the land is lush and verdant, the animals are healthy and lively; the crops, those that haven’t been harvested yet at least, are tall and heavy with grain.
Tags: Sahel, caritas internationalis, West Africa, agriculture | No comments
30 Oct 2012 | Blog | Emergency Relief
Balama was a village once located on the shores of Lake Chad, in the east of the county. Since the 1960s, the lake has been greatly reduced. Nowadays, only during the rainy season does Balama lie on the shores of Lake Chad. These new natural environment factors have had a major impact on the livelihoods of the inhabitants of the region.
Tags: Sahel, food crisis, West Africa, agriculture, food security | No comments
28 Aug 2012 | Blog | Emergency Relief
Currently 6.4 million people in Niger are classified as stressed or in crisis food security mode due to poor harvests, drought, rising food prices and ongoing conflict in neighbouring Mali, which has seen many refugees fleeing to Niger. Caritas Australia funds currently support people in the Tilabery and Oullam regions which are particularly vulnerable to recurrent drought. Bill Rastetter, from Catholic Relief Services (Caritas USA), recently visited one of the villages in Niger.
Tags: CRS, Niger, Sahel, food crisis, West Africa | No comments
17 Jul 2012 | Blog | Emergency Relief | Africa
Caritas and Oxfam have joined forces to argue for greater collaboration between aid and development agencies and a greater say for local communities in tackling the challenges of emergencies such as the food crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa.
Tags: sustainable development, food security, agriculture, drought, Sahel | No comments
11 Jul 2012 | Blog | Emergency Relief
Niger has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world. More than 140,000 children die each year from causes related to poverty and malnutrition.
Caritas is helping 400,000 people over the coming months in Niger after drought has led to shortages of food across the country. Caritas will provide free food to families with children, subsidised food to other families. Update from Caritas Internationalis.
Tags: food shortage, Sahel, food crisis, West Africa, drought | No comments
19 Jun 2012 | Blog | Emergency Relief
In Al Hadj Derib, a small village in Chad in the Sahel region of Africa, a famine has arrived. The inventories have depleted, so Caritas Switzerland is distributing sorghum, the staple food in the region. This way, the locals have at least one meal a day until the next harvest.
Tags: caritas, famine, Poverty, Aid relief, Sahel | No comments
13 Jun 2012 | Blog | Long-term Development
The village of Chawir is located in Canton Migami, south-central Chad. Like almost everywhere in the area, the locals are almost exclusively women and children. Read how the communal gardens are providing nutritious food for the locals. Update from Caritas Switzerland.
Tags: food security, agriculture, Women and development, Sahel, West Africa | No comments
6 Jun 2012 | Blog | Emergency Relief
Ali Zang lives in the Western African country, Chad, and is the regional director of Caritas partner organisation Acord. He tells of the struggles affecting the local farmers including drought, locust plagues and bird migrations. Update from Caritas Switzerland.
Tags: natural disaster, caritas, famine, Sahel, West Africa | No comments
16 May 2012 | Blog | Emergency Relief | Africa
With nine nations and 15 million people in danger across West Africa, Caritas Australia would like to introduce you to Ben Safari, an Australian based expert in food security.
Tags: emergency aid, food security, Sahel, food crisis, West Africa | No comments
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