Niger

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

People Helped in 2020: 1,356,021

1,115,727
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
194,046
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
46,248
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.

In Niger, nearly three million people are food insecure. The number of displaced people almost doubled in the last year, with more than 265,000 people displaced inside the country, as thousands of people continue to enter through the southeastern border, fleeing from Nigeria. An increase in isolated attacks against humanitarian workers and civilian kidnappings has caused an alert of high insecurity and free movement is increasingly complicated and conditional.

COVID-19 has increased needs and food insecurity throughout the Sahel area, and our first priority is access to vulnerable populations. Together with other organizations, Action Against Hunger has led conversations with the government to respect international humanitarian law.

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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. 

2020 was a year of intense activities, with the deployment of multisectoral programs from our bases in Maradi, Tahoua and Diffas. Recovery and resilience projects continue to have an important place in our intervention areas, allowing us to improve our basic social services in health, nutrition, water, sanitation, hygiene, food security, and livelihoods and to strengthen the capacities of decentralized state structures, as well as peoples' resilience, through community engagement.

Action Against Hunger’s three intervention regions in Niger are areas of massive population displacement caused by the security conflicts that persist in Nigeria, Mali, and Burkina Faso. As a humanitarian actor, we are strongly committed to multisectoral and health rapid response mechanisms in the Maradi, Tahoua and Diffa regions, where there are urgent needs among displaced people. We provide emergency medical support and mobile clinics, distribute shelter and non-food item kits, truck in clean water, and rehabilitate water points. 

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