My Thesis covers how the media can influence politics, using the example of famine as the BBC promoted in Niger 2005. Here's some sums from my thesis:
"In July 2005 the UN requested US$30 million for 1.2 million Nigeriens suffering from a famine. This figure is greater than the hundreds of thousands of Nigeriens that Niger Prime Minister Hama Amadou spoke of being affected but less than the 2.5 million people the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries (UN-OHRLLS) mention. This figure is less than the 3.5 million people that Jan Egeland (UN Under Secretary General) referred to which is less than the 3.6 million Nigeriens that Andersson assured BBC viewers of. The strangest contradiction of all numbers is the “2.4 million Nigeriens — including 800,000 children — vulnerable to malnutrition” which author Michael Fleshman mentions in an article featured on the UN website, the same article later ascertains that 1.2 million people are affected."
The number of people affected are what decides how much aid you get.
A few things don't add up!
It looks like some people may benefit from exaggerating numbers. The tag famine was a result of a BBC article. Furthermore, the Niger economy is comprimised of farming and uranium and if the food market is flooded with free food than just about everybody has no job. The country must flog its uranium.
France, the biggest aid donor in the Niger crisis of 2005 signed a 35 year deal to secure the world's second largest uranium field, located in Niger.