Climate change and Niger


August 31, 2009

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Global warming is not only causing already-meager water supplies in the West African nation of Niger to dry up — it's also driving young men from drought-stricken rural areas in search of work to provide for their families. This migration to increasingly-overcrowded urban areas is further straining the resources of one of the world's poorest countries.

Mercy Corps has been working in Niger since 2005, the year a catastrophic drought and food shortage left millions fighting for survival.

In a piece he wrote for ONE, Mercy Corps Action Center Executive Director Robert Sherman describes the still-unfolding situation and presents a video that provides insight through a Nigerien farmer named Namata Abba.

You can read the piece here.