S+L logo
A New Leaf: Confronting a food crisis
This documentary was made possible with the support of:
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.

Production photo gallery
Go in Depth:
Perspectives Weekly - Hope for Africa
Deacon Pedro speaks with Fr. Isidore Ouedraogo, Executive Secretary of Caritas Burkina Faso, and Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer for Development and Peace. Fr. Ouedraogo and Di Domenico discuss poverty in Africa, particularly the recent food crisis in the Sahel Region. ... Watch now
Perspectives Weekly - Crisis in the Sahel
Do we still care about Africa? A major food crisis hit the Sahel region of West Africa in 2012, so why has it received so little media attention? On Perspectives: The Weekly Edition, guest host Kris Dmytrenko discusses "donor fatigue" with Josianne Gauthier from Development and Peace and Jim Cornelius from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. ... Watch now
On the Brink: Crisis in the Sahel
During a visit to Niger in July, Salt + Light Television witnessed the growing food crisis in the Sahel, as well as the efforts of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace and their local partners to save lives.