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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

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 ▸

Our work

  • 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

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