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.
Provide emergency relief to populations struggling through the region's food crisis and create opportunities for economic development and long-term recovery.
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- 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
- Population (2014 est.): 17.4 million
- UN Human Development Index rank: 187 (out of 187)
- Mercy Corps has worked here since 2005
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Niger: Photos: Goats lead Santou's life on a new path December 3, 2014
Most days are the same for Santou, filled with never-ending work just to meet her families' most basic needs. See how she does it — and how her goats have given her new hope.
Niger: Badariya's story October 8, 2014
Badariya wants nothing more than to go to school, but must stay home to tend to chores. What does her future hold? Hear how Mercy Corps is helping her find her voice.
Niger: Life of a girl: Spend the day with Badariya October 8, 2014
What's it like to be a 13-year-old girl in West Africa? Badariya doesn't get to spend her day in a classroom, but she's still determined to change her future. Follow a day in her life and see how.
Mali, Niger, Nigeria: Why women are key to building resilience September 15, 2014
Increasingly frequent droughts are the new reality in the Sahel. Our new research shows how gender equality helps communities survive these and other disasters.
Niger: Meet our field staff: Hadjia August 18, 2014
In one of the poorest countries in the world, Mercy Corps works to help families grow more food and to empower young women and girls to become stronger voices in their communities. Learn how Hadjia Aissatou helps us make an impact.
Niger: Santou's story April 21, 2014
Recurring droughts in West Africa make it difficult for Santou to grow enough food to feed her family. Find out how a pair of goats has changed her life.
Niger: Food crisis looming: Hawa's fight against hunger March 26, 2014
Severe food shortages caused by recurring drought are again threatening millions of people in West Africa.
Niger: Meet our field staff: Ibro May 20, 2013
After leaving a job in radio journalism, Ibro is turning the message of resilience into reality for drought-stricken communities in Niger.
Niger: A goat for Santou December 3, 2012
Feeding six children has not been easy for Santou — especially as a hunger crisis took hold of Niger and the entire Sahel region of West Africa this year.
Niger: Women farming more food November 16, 2012
In the Djolley Fandou village in the drought-stricken Tillaberi region of Niger, women are in charge of the farming; most of the men left early on during the hunger crisis to find work in the city.