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Niger has faced chronic food insecurity, which has only been exacerbated by climate change, desertification, and population growth. In 2013, a drought in Tahoua caused widespread crop failure. In response we provided food assistance, cash transfers, cash-for-work programs, community-based health…

Quick Facts:

  • Population: 17.83 million
  • Population living below $1.25/day: 43.62%
  • Life expectancy: 58.41
  • Infant mortality (per thousand live births): 63
  • Age 5 and under mortality (per thousand under 5 children): 114
  • Maternal mortality rate (deaths per 100,000 live births): 590
  • Literacy rate: 28.7%
  • Females with at least some secondary education: 2.5%

Our Integrated Resilience Program expanded to 17 more villages in 2014 and now works with over 2,600 families to increase access to quality health care services and education, improve food security and nutrition, better gender equality, and enhance livelihood systems and environmental protection.

Niger has suffered three large-scale food crises over the past ten years. Coupled with population growth, climate change, and drought, the chronic nature of this recurring humanitarian issue has led Concern to develop programs that directly address the underlying causes contributing to chronic poverty and vulnerability. Begun in 2012 with 12 villages and 1,000 families, our Integrated Resilience Program expanded to 17 more villages in 2014 and now works with over 2,600 families to increase access to quality health care services and education, improve food security and nutrition, better gender equality, and enhance livelihood systems and environmental protection.

In September, there was an outbreak of cholera and Concern was one of the first to respond to the Tahoua region, which was the worst affected. Despite regional insecurity and a large influx of refugees into Niger from surrounding countries, Concern has been able to continue these initiatives and attain good results.