Marco Di Lauro
, Reportage by Getty Images, photographerTerry Ally
, UNICEF UK, International Programmes and Emergencies, client
Koubdo Saboua, Niger - June 25, 2010. A Nigerian woman holds her child as she attends a cash transfer program. A faster method of feeding people in Niger who are affected by the severe food crisis— the worst since 2005—is a Cash Transfer program. Two international NGOs are trying out this program. UNICEF says that it is faster because they do not have to organize shipping, trucking, storage, distribution and other logistics for food supplies. On the trial program families that have at least one child under five, at least one acre of land and no animals receive 20,000 CFA (Â£27.71) per month to buy food. At the current cost of living, this is adequate to help a family with seven children. There are other conditions and training on what nutritional foods to buy. Each month there are checks carried out to determine whether the rate of malnutrition is falling among the beneficiary families. This is one of a multi-prong emergency approaches to deal with malnutrition among children in the West African nation. There are about 1.6 million children who are severely or moderately malnourished. Another 1 million are at risk of malnutrition. This image was used in newsletters, humanitarian reports and on the Web site.