Mercy Corps has been working in Niger since 2005. 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 that continues today. Get the quick facts about the crisis in the Lake Chad region ▸
According to the UN, 340,000 people living in Niger are severely food insecure. Get the quick facts about hunger ▸
- Agriculture & Food: Providing emergency food vouchers and commodities to those who need it most, while simultaneously building long-term food resilience by providing improved seeds, goats, farming tools, technical trainings, 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, developing a new system for tracking the factors that influence vulnerability to violent extremism
- Disaster preparedness: Training communities to assess and identify natural disaster risks and encouraging land rehabilitation to minimize erosion and prevent flooding
- Economic opportunity: Strengthening farmers’ economic opportunities by linking them with better opportunities to sell their products, 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 and schools for young girls to express themselves and continue their education
How a goat can change a girl
In Niger—a country where hunger is chronic, poverty is rampant, and opportunity for women is nonexistent—goats can offer girls like Fatsuma security, providing income and a rare chance to build a stronger life.
Guatemala, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Tunisia: Empower a woman, unleash a leader: Why we support young female entrepreneurs
We provide women and girls with resources to build better lives, because we know strong women equal strong families and communities.
Niger: Why we're inviting men to husband school
Women in rural Niger traditionally bear the burden of all the tasks that a healthy home and family depend on. We're helping strengthen families by teaching husbands to take an active role, too.
Ethiopia, Niger: When women lead
We support women and girls, because a woman armed with knowledge and resources is empowered to better her family, her community and the world.
Youth at a Crossroads
Today, millions of youth are at a crossroads: In a world of crisis, they will either become a force for peace or one of continued instability. We must support and empower them now, while they are making the choices that will determine the fate of their lives and their communities.
Niger: How farm school is helping Salma beat hunger
Through training and new techniques, Salma and her community are learning to grow more hearty, bountiful crops to carry them through the hunger gap, the time between harvests when food stores traditionally run out.
Niger: The hidden survivors of the hunger gap
Every year, millions of people in Niger have to figure out how they will survive between harvests. This is what they look like.
Niger: Girl, Uninterrupted: How Dahara built a future by saying no to child marriage
Niger is one of the world's toughest places to be a girl — here, early marriage stops the majority of girls from finishing school and reaching their full potential. Find out how Dahara is bucking tradition and building a life on her own terms.
Ethiopia, Niger, South Sudan: Fighting hunger in Africa takes more than food
Hunger: It’s not a new problem for many countries in Africa. However, the reasons why millions of people go hungry go much deeper than a lack of food.
Niger: What's a mother to do?
“There is no greater benefit than learning how to take care of our babies’ nutrition and health.” See how Nana Balki is bringing change to the mothers in her village.