They have market full of food, but the government of Niger isn't doing anything to help the poor that are starving when they CAN.
Of course, life is complex, don't patronize me. We can give aid until we're bankrupt, but that's not going to change anything in Africa. Poverty is never going to be history. Africa needs trade so it can raise it's general standard of living; economic stimulation is the only thing that will relieve poverty (plus, it needs rulers who don't squander $500 billion of aid money).
Niger has tonnes and tonnes of food. Only the poor people are starving. If the people of Africa can't help each other out, even in their own country, why should we care?
It saddens me to read such an ignorant remark from classicist, one self-professed scholar. I suggest you sign up for a cultural anthropology class at your University.
Niger has one of the highest birth rates in the world and the population will continue to climb because the Islamic fundamentalist teachings condemn birth control as an option. Like the Aids pandemic in Africa and India there are multi-generational religious customs that have made sexual promiscuity a cultural norm...it is a complex issue....