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In Niger, the agriculture sector employs nearly 80 percent of the population and contributes about 47 percent to Niger’s Gross Domestic Product. As Niger is situated in a drought- and flood-prone region, much of its population struggles to maintain a subsistence existence. Feed the Future is working with Niger to change this and to build resilience so its people, communities and country can protect and accelerate progress in reducing poverty, hunger and malnutrition.

  • 71 Thousand
    Producers using new technology and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY16
  • 17 Thousand
    Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY16
  • 34 Thousand
    Individuals received Feed the Future-supported short-term agriculture sector productivity or food security training
  • 100 Thousand
    Children under 5 reached by U.S. Government nutrition programs 

Key Achievements

Niger was recently selected as a Feed the Future target country. Feed the Future has primarily invested in Niger through the Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced initiative. This program has:

  • Strengthened targeted value chains, input supply and related services
  • Helped smallholder and pastoralist farmers connect to markets
  • Fostered the environment for local and regional private sector investment
  • Worked to improve nutrition and land management to increase productivity and reduce conflict

Seventy-two percent of households reached by this program showed signs of improvement in local governance since 2015 as well. This included developing plans for natural resource management and community development and using systems for conflict management that resulted in successful mediation of disputes.

Background Stats

  • 20.7 Million
    Number of people living in Niger (World Bank, 2016)
  • 41.5 Percent
    (World Bank, 2016)
  • 81 Percent
    Percentage of population living in rural Nigeria (World Bank, 2016)
  • 60 Percent
    Percentage of stunted children under the age of five in areas where Feed the Future work (RISE Survey)

Approach

Nearly 80 percent of the population in Niger works in agriculture. The sector contributes about 47 percent to Niger’s GDP.

However, due to frequent droughts and floods that decimate crops and productive assets such as livestock, much of the Nigerien population struggles to maintain a subsistence existence through agriculture, let alone increase their incomes.

To help Niger improve its food security, Feed the Future is investing in sustainable water supplies, climate-resilient agricultural production, and new infrastructure to improve market access and management of natural resources. The initiative is also empowering local entrepreneurs and small business groups with, and helping Nigerien farmers venture into more commercially-oriented value chains, such as poultry, goat and sheep raising.

The Government of Niger (GoN) is committed to carrying out the reforms necessary to improve water and agricultural systems policy. It has invested $508 million in the first phase of its ‘Nigeriens Nourish Nigeriens’ initiative for food security and resilience. Feed the Future’s partnership with the GoN through the Millenium Challenge Corporation compact will strengthen Niger’s agricultural sector by improving water availability, infrastructure, and market access, and has the potential to benefit more than 3.9 million people.

Activities

Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Niger.

  • Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • U.S. African Development Foundation
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate-Resilient Cowpea
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut Research
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Sorghum and Millet
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems
  • USAID Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced Initiative

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