Provide emergency relief to populations struggling through the region's food crisis and create opportunities for economic development and long-term recovery.
Niger is one of the world's poorest countries, with annual per person income less than $200. Over the past ten years, the country has experienced significant social and political instability that has left millions unable to adequately respond to chronic drought and malnutrition. Additionally, climate change has led to increasingly erratic rain patterns. A lack of precipitation led to a failed harvest at the end of 2011, leaving the entire Sahel region of West Africa in the grip of a dire, ongoing food crisis.
- Emergency response: Distributed emergency cash and provided cash-for-work opportunities to families to buy food
- Agriculture & Food: Restoring livestock herds and helping pastoralists access fodder and veterinary services
- Water: Preparing the land to absorb rainfall and developing irrigation techniques to help farmers withstand drought
- Health: Supported nutritional screening centers and trained health workers to treat malnourished children
- Economic opportunity: Distributing goats to women to start dairy production businesses
All stories about Niger
Niger: Surviving the Sahel hunger crisis May 18, 2012
More than 6 million people in Niger do not have enough to eat this year. The first signs of a dire food crisis began converging months ago: drought, failed crops and inflated food prices.
Niger: Maintaining wells as drought takes its toll May 10, 2012
In Niger, cycles of drought and hunger are a harsh reality. Here, a family works on a well that Mercy Corps helped them rebuild.
Mali, Niger: Expanding hunger relief efforts May 1, 2012
Our teams are working on expanding desperately needed cash distribution to hungry families in Agadez, the largest city in northern Niger, as the country's food crisis deepens.
Niger: Schools empty as food shortage worsens April 2, 2012
Twelve-year-old Lauretta was forced to drop out of school to help keep house and watch her younger brother while her mother forages for food to feed the family.
Niger: Update from the field: Food crisis is just beginning March 22, 2012
After a failed harvest and severe drought in 2011, more than 5.5 million people in Niger are already without enough to eat — and the next harvest isn't until October.
Niger: "There is nothing to eat" March 15, 2012
During the two weeks I recently spent with in Niger with our emergency response teams, I kept hearing the same thing over and over: There is nothing to eat.
Niger: Families seek food assistance February 21, 2012
Due to worsening food shortages, the nutritional screening centers that Mercy Corps established several years ago have experienced a massive increase in patients.
Niger: Mother and child in Niger February 21, 2012
One of many mothers worried about the lack of food for their children after severe drought and a meager 2011 harvest have brought the lean season to Filingue and the rest of Niger months early.
Niger: Malnutrition screenings in Filingue February 20, 2012
Mothers — and often grandmothers caring for babies left orphaned — come to the nutritional screening center in Filingue, where Mercy Corps volunteers assess each child for malnourishment using arm measurements and a formula that takes into account age and weight.
Niger: The growing food crisis in Niger February 1, 2012
There’s a crisis brewing in Niger, West Africa.