Fittiman, a woman supported by Action Against Hunger in Niger.


The West African nation is the poorest country in the world according to the UN’s Human Development Index.

Despite being a landlocked country with little arable land for farming, around 80% of people in Niger rely on agriculture and livestock for their livelihoods.

However, farming in Niger faces significant challenges, such as frequent droughts and floods, poor soil quality and a lack of access to seeds and fertilisers.

With about 60 percent of Nigeriens living below the poverty line (less than £1.50 per day), families often don’t have enough food to feed themselves. A lack of access to food and hunger are chronic for a significant amount of Niger’s population. As a result, malnutrition rates are high in Niger – affecting 40 per cent of all Nigerien children.

Country facts

  • 22.4m

    Niger has a population of 22.4 million people

  • 189

    Niger ranks 189th out of 189 countries in the Human Development Index.

  • 40.6%

    More than 40% of Nigerien children under five suffer from malnutrition.

Action Against Hunger’s work in Niger

In 2019, our teams took part in the emergency response the Maradi region in the south of the country, where approximately 80,000 people have fled from insecurity and conflict in Nigeria.

Due to worsening security conditions, Nigerian authorities have limited humanitarian organisations access into Niger. However, we’ve strengthened our work and continue to provide programmes in:

  • water, sanitation and hygiene to provide clean water and safe toilets
  • food security and livelihoods to improve access to food
  • nutrition
  • mental health and care practices

Our reach

  • 747,746

    We reached almost 750,000 people in Niger through our programmes in 2019.

  • 288

    We have 288 staff based in Tahoua, Maradi, Diffa and Niamey.

  • 1997

    We've been working in Niger since 1997.

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