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: Fighting malnutrition January 5, 2009
In Niger, an estimated 10% of children under five are considered malnourished. Malnutrition is often tied to other illnesses such as malaria, parasites and diarrhea and if not treated can have severe implications for a child’s physical and mental development.
Niger: Q&A with Christy Collins April 10, 2007
Christy Collins, who currently serves as Mercy Corps Niger's country director, has a long history with the country and people of Niger. She first came to Niger in 1975 as a Peace Corps volunteer, having just graduated from college with a degree in French.
Niger: Fati: Taking Action for Her Son April 10, 2007
Niamey, Niger - Fati Issia seems alone in the crowd. In the midst of the boisterous waiting room at Niamey's Dar es Salaam neighborhood health clinic, she sits quietly while other mothers engage in conversation. She holds her seven-month-old son Moctar on her lap.
Niger: Boubacar: A Nurse's Helping Hands April 10, 2007
Sanam, Niger - You can see the difficulty of life here in Boubacar Harouna's eyes. They are yellowed from chronic malaria and glassy from exhaustion. Still, Harouna somehow summons the energy to treat dozens of patients each day as the town's only nurse.
Niger: Three Wails April 10, 2007
Shortly after midnight, a soft wailing cry broke through the sweltering Sahelian night.
Niger: Niger's Faces of Need August 22, 2006
Niger in a time of crisis is not a place for the faint of heart.
Niger: Help Nigerien Mothers Like Fatima February 15, 2006
Fatima lives with her husband and their six children in Sanam, a remote village in Niger that's accessed only by a barely passable dirt road.
Niger: Malnutrition Still Shadows Niger's Children October 21, 2005
In the aftermath of devastating drought and a crop-killing locust infestation, Mercy Corps field workers are working to stabilize the fragile health of thousands of Nigerien children.
Niger: Responding to Health Needs in Niger August 22, 2005
Mercy Corps has an emergency team on the ground in one of Niger’s most famine-stricken areas, helping serve malnourished children and families by improving the quality and reach of critical health care.
Niger: Team Deploys to Aid Niger’s Food Crisis August 12, 2005
Mercy Corps is sending two veteran aid workers to respond to the current food crisis in Niger. Team leader Christy Collins, a Seattle resident, departed from Portland today.