Niger Says Boko Haram Refugees to Worsen Its Food Crisis

Niger faces a large cereal deficit and will struggle to feed its people as well as the thousands of Boko Haram refugees that have spilled over its border, the prime minister said on Wednesday. But this year, the food crisis could be exacerbated by tens of thousands of refugees who have fled clashes between Boko Haram and regional armies which have stepped up a campaign against them in neighboring Nigeria. Agriculture minister Maidagi Alambey said the country faces a cereal deficit of around 230,000 tonnes in 2014/2015 due to uneven and insufficient rainfall.