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Nicolas Perssel MSF

UN officials call for urgent action to avert famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and north-east Nigeria

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN UN Network

On 10 March 2017, following country visits, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien urged the international community for comprehensive action to save people facing or at risk of famine. In his address to the Security Council the top United Nations official warned, without collective and...

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Hadiza (center) prepares a family meal, aided by her daughters Nadia, 4, and Layhanatou, 10, who grind millet in a wooden mortar. At age 32, Hadiza has six children, four sons and two daughters. She lives in Rabé chantier, a village 25 kilometers east of Dosso comprised of circular huts made of mud brick covered with straw, and granaries topped with straw hats. The little girls help their mother with chores while the men work in the fields. The village marabout sees to the children’s education. The most widely grown grain in Niger, it is the country’s dietary mainstay. Threshing, hulling and grinding millet by hand makes for a long, exhausting workday. The Ministry of Population, Advancement of Women and Protection of Children has made it a priority to lighten women’s workloads by providing them access to mills, hullers and water sources. In the countryside, however, many Niger women have no choice but to use the traditional methods.



The agriculture sector in Niger is characterized by very low levels of farm input use and low productivity. Women account for approximately 24% of Niger’s agricultural farm labour, but have sole ownership of only 9% of the total land area controlled by Niger’s households.  Increasing women’s contributions to Niger’s agricultural sector could help rural households lift themselves out of poverty. Photo: © Stephan Gladieu / World Bank

Cash transfers, behavior change, and resilience in Niger’s Adaptive Social Safety Nets Program

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN in Practice

In 2016, the project added components to promote an adaptive social protection system in Niger. These include mechanisms to make social protection interventions more responsive to shocks and allow poor and vulnerable households to build their resilience. The goal of this newer program is to...

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Representatives of Civil Society Organizations post for snap after the event

SUN Civil Society Alliance in Liberia renews efforts and elects a steering committee

  |   SUN Civil Society Network, SUN Country Network

From 24-25 October 2016, a two day workshop was held to organize the Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance in Liberia with 42 locals and 3 international civil society organisation under the theme “Better Nutrition For All”. The event was organized by Action Contre la...

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Listening to SUN country actors: A face-to-face interview with Dr Mohamed Abdi Farrah, Somalia SUN Focal Point

  |   SUN in Practice

Background Somalia has been affected by civil war since 1991 and suffers from recurrent droughts, characterising it as a complex political environment with extreme poverty, food insecurity and instability. Somalia’s malnutrition rates are consistently among the worst in the world, with currently 13.6 per cent wasting...

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Scaling up nutrition services and maintaining service during conflict in Yemen: Lessons from the Hodeidah sub-national Nutrition Cluster

  |   SUN in Practice

An ENN article by Dr. Saja Abdullah, Dr. Rasha Al Ardi, and Dr. Rajia Sharhan. What we know: Yemen is the poorest Arab nation, embroiled in lengthy political crisis and ongoing conflict. Malnutrition is a major and chronic problem; international humanitarian access is compromised. What this article...

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