Niger continues to suffer from extremely high rates of malnutrition and remains the poorest country in the region

Niger

Deteriorating nutrition and food security are impacting one of West's Africa's poorest countries. 

COUNTRY OVERVIEW

Although the 2017 harvest was better than previous years, Niger continues to suffer from extremely high rates of malnutrition throughout the territory and remains the poorest country in the region. The conflict with Boko Haram in the Diffa region continues to deteriorate, with uncertainty as to how it will develop. Additionally, the conflict in northern Mali is having an effect on the country’s south-western regions (north of Tahoua and Tillabery), which is likely to result in deteriorating security and living conditions in the area.

The difficulties in accessing this region, given increasing incursions by Boko Haram since the middle of the year and the restrictions imposed by the authorities, make it difficult to deliver humanitarian aid to isolated populations.

593,975
People we helped in 2017

WHAT ARE WE DOING

Our teams have continued to expand our response to the crisis caused by the conflict with Boko Haram in the Diffa region, ensuring that basic health, nutrition and food security needs are covered for a large part of the affected population.

We continue to focus on: 

  • Improving livelihoods and income opportunities, fostering broader access to markets, providing seasonal cash-for-work programs
  • Distributing productive assets like seeds and tools
  • Installing and rehabilitating water points and sanitation facilities
  • Addressing the waterborne diseases that are linked to malnutrition and supporting community-based sanitation projects.
  • Supporting health systems that treat acute malnutrition while providing seasonal work programmes and training on water retention techniques.
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Photo credits: ©  S.Hauenstein Swan for Action Against Hunger

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Facts

Number of Staff
310
Operating since
1997
Based In
Tahoua Maradi, Diffa, Niamey