More than 6 million people in Niger do not have enough to eat this year. The first signs of a dire food crisis began converging months ago: drought, failed crops and inflated food prices. Now, as the country approaches its traditional lean season, at least 3.5 million people are at serious risk from severe hunger and are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance.
Mercy Corps is distributing emergency cash so families can buy food to eat and has built resources that people are drawing on to survive until the next harvest. How did we get here — and what more can we do to help bring families back from the brink of famine?