NAIMEY, Niger — The United States and Niger fear that a second wave of famine could strike northern Africa this summer unless enough food is stockpiled there before seasonal rains make roads impassable, officials accompanying Vice President George Bush on an African tour said Friday.
The officials said the concern was raised during a 75-minute meeting here in Niger's capital Friday between Bush and Nigerian President Seyni Kountche.
Later, M. Peter McPherson, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, said drought-plagued Niger would receive a modest boost in American food and medical aid, totaling $11.1 million, in the next three months.
Transport Plans Urged
The aid, which includes 14,000 tons of food and additional medical supplies, will be trucked into Niger well before the expected summer rains, McPherson said. But unless there is careful planning by all nations aiding the drought-stricken countries, he warned, shiploads of food could be stranded at African ports with no way to move the food to desert regions where it is needed.