Niger

Photo: Sylvain Cherkaoui for Action Against Hunger, Niger
Population
19.9 million
Human Development Index
187 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
284 employees
Program Start
1997

People Helped in 2018: 429,301

53,066
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
202,044
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
171,953
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

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 percent 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 about 60 percent 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 percent of all Nigerien children, and rates of deadly acute malnutrition at an alarming 10 percent.

In 2018, effects of the conflict in the north of Mali were felt especially severely on the Niger border. This has resulted in a situation of instability, adding to insecurity in the Diffa region caused by the presence of Boko Haram.

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. 

In the northern area of the Tahoua region, at the border with Mali, Action Against hunger is one of the lead actors, carrying out a number of emergency interventions assisting refugee and displaced population. We have also managed several early recovery interventions, which support the process from emergency to development. 

In the Diffa region, our teams work to support economic and social recovery among populations from Lake Chad and in Nguigmi. In this complex area of intervention, where the conflict with Boko Haram is felt more acutely, we work to ensure that the health and nutrition needs of both host and displaced populations are met.

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