A New Leaf: Confronting a food crisis

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In the summer of 2012, a food crisis struck West Africa in a region called the Sahel. Particularly hard-hit was Niger, a country already languishing near the bottom of the United Nations Human Development Index. If the international community did not intervene, the food crisis threatened to escalate into a famine. Salt + Light Television's Kris Dmytrenko travelled to Niger to learn about the crisis. Why was it happening? What were Nigeriens doing about it? And how was the world trying to help? Dmytrenko witnessed the efforts of Caritas Niger, a Catholic development organization endorsed by the local bishops. Their projects were supported by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. During a visit to Niger in July 2012 to film the documentary "A New Leaf", Salt + Light witnessed the growing food crisis in the Sahel, as well as the lifesaving efforts of Development and Peace, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, and their local partners.


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