A landlocked nation with little arable land for farming, Niger ranks among the world’s poorest countries, with subsistence agriculture and livestock accounting for 80% of Niger’s livelihoods. But agriculture in Niger is besieged by significant challenges, such as routine climate shocks (droughts and floods), poor soil quality, underdeveloped markets in seeds, fertilizers and other productive inputs, not to mention poor pasture lands for grazing animals.
With some 60% of Nigeriens living below the poverty line, household food consumption is a serious seasonal concern, as rampant food insecurity and hunger are chronic for significant swaths of Niger’s population. As a result, malnutrition rates are steep in Niger, affecting some 40% of all Nigerien children, and rates of deadly acute malnutrition at an alarming 10%.
Action Against Hunger has worked with vulnerable populations in Niger since 1997, improving livelihoods and income opportunities, fostering broader access to markets, providing seasonal cash-for-work programs, distributing productive assets like seeds and tools, and installing and rehabilitating water points and sanitation facilities.