Famine threatens West Africa

Aid agencies launch urgent appeal for $10m to head off famine in Chad and Niger.

    Aid agencies have launched an urgent appeal for $10m in aid to head off a famine in West Africa.

    Several countries are at risk, particularly Niger and Chad, where harvests have fallen by roughly 30 per cent this year because of a crippling drought. Food prices have increased by nearly one-third.

    Mamadou Biteye, Oxfam's regional director, said many people are resorting to desperate measures to find food.

    "In parts of Chad and Niger they are digging ant holes, ant houses for grain, or eating wild fruits and leaves, or even maize that is available for poultry feeding, so it's really a very difficult situation at the moment," she said.

    Chad and Niger, two of the world's poorest countries, have declared a state of emergency.

    Charlie Angela reports from Niger.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    More than 300 people died in Somalia but some are asking why there was less news coverage and sympathy on social media.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Japan's third-largest steelmaker has admitted it faked data on parts used in cars, planes and trains.