Niger - saving lives from hunger


An estimated 60% of the population in Niger lives below the poverty line. Help put an end to undernutrition in Niger and around the world

Country Overview

A landlocked nation with little arable land for farming, subsistence agriculture and livestock account for 80 per cent of Niger livelihoods.  However, this landlocked country has little land available for farming and the agriculture trade in Niger is hindered significantly by unpredictable climate shocks such as droughts and floods, poor soil quality, limited farming supplies and equipment, and poor pasture land for grazing animals. Even during good harvest years, families are extremely vulnerable to hunger due to limited production capacity compounded by high debts, low purchasing power and fluctuating food prices.     

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%.


People we helped in 2016


What we’re doing

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.

We’re currently working in the regions of Tahoua and Maradi. Our teams are treating children at life-threatening risk from acute malnutrition and helping mothers spot the early signs of malnutrition so they can prevent their children from falling ill in the first place. 

We are also addressing hunger at its root causes. By providing pre- and postnatal support to mothers to improve the nutritional situation of their children. We also organise awareness sessions on good nutrition, hygiene and health practices. 

With more than half of Niger’s population unable to access safe water and proper sanitation, we’re addressing the waterborne diseases that are linked to malnutrition and supporting community-based sanitation projects. In addition we are helping families build their capacity to survive and address future food shocks by linking nutrition, health, and water and sanitation programmes. By continuing to support health systems that treat acute malnutrition while providing seasonal work programmes and training on water retention techniques, for example, communities can strengthen their resilience and build resources before or after shocks, such as a rise in prices or drought. This helps families to flatten the peaks of crises driven by factors outside their control.

In 2016 we gave 189,019 people nutritional support and ensured 43,576 people gained access to safe watre and sanitation. We also supported 71,491 become economically self sufficient. 



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