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  • Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

Our strategy

Provide emergency relief to populations struggling through the region's food crisis and create opportunities for economic development and long-term recovery.

The context

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.

Our work

  • 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

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