Niger – where women average nearly 7 kids in their lifetime – says 2.5 million are suffering food insecurity

Children in Niger. Source.

More than 2.5 million people in Niger are suffering from food insecurity because of a shortfall in the cereal harvest due to bad weather and crop pests, the agriculture minister said Saturday.

“A survey conducted since December 2014 indicated that 15.7 percent of the population, or 2,588,128 people, are in a situation of food insecurity, including 410,297 in severe insecurity,” Maidagi Allambeye told MPs.

The situation has been aggravated by the presence of some 200,000 refugees who had fled attacks by Boko Haram and other militants.

Food insecurity in the poor Sahel country, which is plagued by recurring food crises, is linked to a cereal deficit of more than 230,000 tonnes at the end of the 2014 crop year, he explained…

Total fertility rate in Niger = 6.89 according the CIA World Factbook. It is the highest in the world.  The country is largely Muslim (total population is about 17.5 million).

  • Ottawa Eyes

    Canada needs to be sending more money to them so they can have lots more kids and then need even more aide money.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Let them starve, perhaps they’ll reconsider breeding like rats.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Or if they ‘double down’ and hot a fertility rate of 14, we can laugh twice as hard!

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    Maybe they could spend a little less time on their backs and more time upright and tending to a garden?

    Just a thought.

  • Martin B

    Neuter Niger now.

    • Drunk_by_Noon


  • Dana Garcia

    Birth control would seem to be a kindness in this case.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Even forced sterilization would be a kindness at this point.

    • tom_billesley

      There’s always the Mediterranean.

  • AmicusC

    We have to do something to help! I suggest send a few copies of Jonathan swift. His ideas might help lol

  • tom_billesley

    It used to be that Nigeriens had a big family in the certainty that only a few would survive infancy. Now they have NGO’s and charities providing clean water and medicines, the kids survive and it’s unsustainable. The west then wrings its hands in anguish over the famine. Why? – it should have been expected.

    • Frau Katze

      This has happened all over Africa. Death rates have gone way down for children, but not family size. No wonder so many are looking to get to Europe where the living is better.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        The continent of Africa is 1000% beyond its historic carrying capacity.
        At this point, even the most humane gestures will be termed a new genocide.
        The best we can do now is let them starve and not allow any out.
        In fact, I think that’s all we can do.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Wall the place off.