Niger is no stranger to famine; a 2005 drought and food crisis threatened a quarter of the population, a problem which was enhanced by the former government's unwillingness to discuss the problem.
Several nonprofits, including World Vision, Serving in Mission, Tearfund and the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee are working with farmers in Niger to institute sustainable farming practices.
The key questions are: What are these and other non-governmental organizations doing to help Nigeriens survive the current crisis? And, more importantly, how are these groups working to ensure the current food crisis becomes, and stays, a thing of the past?
Student Fellow Ruth Moon reports from the field in Niger, visiting Niamey and other sites in the country and interviewing aid workers and local residents to shed light on the crisis and future of the country.