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 an annual per person income of 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, which severely affect farmers’ ability to grow enough food. A failed harvest at the end of 2011 left the entire Sahel region of West Africa in the grip of a dire, ongoing food crisis.
- Agriculture & Food: Helping build long-term food resilience by providing goats and seeds to families, supporting community cooking classes, and teaching pregnant and nursing mothers about nutrition
- Conflict & governance: Working with local governments to prevent and mitigate disputes and ensure proper management of natural resources
- Disaster preparedness: Training communities to assess and identify natural disaster risks and encouraging land rehabilitation to minimize erosion and prevent flooding
- Economic opportunity: Strengthening local dairy enterprise, connecting pastoralists to veterinary services to keep livestock healthy and fostering employment for young people
- Women & gender: Involving women in community decision-making, educating community leaders about the importance of gender equality and creating safe spaces for young girls to express themselves
All stories about Niger
Niger: Harvesting hope in the Sahel June 16, 2012
The hunger crisis is devastating families across the Sahel, and our emergency response work is crucial to averting famine here. But so are long-term solutions that help people withstand the cycles of drought and hunger that plague this region.
Niger: Payday brings smiles and hope to hungry families June 14, 2012
I had the chance to see payday in Niger a couple weeks ago. Visiting Mercy Corps’ programs that are helping people survive the current hunger crisis, I had seen barren fields, dusty skies, and hungry faces.
Niger: Life without rain June 11, 2012
“It’s hot!” I said. “No it’s not," replied one of our Niger team members. "You should have been here in late March or April. That’s when it was really hot.” “Really? So 106 degrees Fahrenheit isn’t as hot as it gets?”
Niger: Children suffer most in hunger crisis June 6, 2012
Lauretta dreams of becoming a teacher. But she hasn’t been to school since January, when she had to drop out in order to help her family at home.
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
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.