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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, the majority of farmers are only able to grow enough food to feed themselves and their families. Feed the Future investments in Niger will further develop the agriculture sector so it can spur opportunities for employment, contribute to regional food security and stability, and help people rise out of extreme poverty.

  • 128 THOUSAND
    Producers using new technology and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY17
  • 36.6 THOUSAND
    Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY17
  • 67.5 THOUSAND
    Individuals received Feed the Future-supported short-term agriculture sector productivity or food security training in FY17
  • 232 THOUSAND
    Children under 5 reached by U.S. Government nutrition program in FY17

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 (RISE) 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 in villages
  • Improved ability of communes (counties) to manage their own natural resources to increase productivity and reduce conflict
  • Increased commune revenue through improved market management

Since 2015, 72 percent of households reached by this program showed signs of improvement in local governance. This included developing plans for natural resource management and community development and using systems for conflict management that resulted in successful mediation of disputes.

USAID recently announced the launch of the second phase of the Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced (RISE)  in Niger. Through this project, the United States intends to commit more than $540 million (CFA F 315.5 billion) over five years to help the most vulnerable Nigeriens build resilience to climate and other shocks and permanently escape poverty.

The new generation of the RISE project broadens the U.S. Government’s collaboration with the Government of Niger to help it better meet the needs of its citizens and make progress on Niger’s journey to self-reliance. These activities will aim to create better access to water and other natural resources, promote business development and opportunities to engage in growing markets, improve health outcomes, strengthen community and national health systems, bolster effective governance at all levels, and empower women and youth to be a force for positive change in their communities.


The results shown reflect data from a combination of USAID Mission Activity Reports and the RISE I Impact Evaluation. For more information on the indicators above, please view our Feed the Future Indicator Handbook. All dollar amounts are listed in U.S. dollars.


  • Improving health and nutrition outcomes
  • Improving the sustainable productive use of natural resources for agricultural and livestock production
  • Enhancing governance of institutions and organizations
  • Empowering women and youth
  • Promoting market access for agricultural products and livestock
  • Building risk management among vulnerable households

Zones of Influence in Niger

Map of Niger

Background Stats

  • 21.5 Million
    Number of people living in Niger (World Bank, 2017)
  • 84 Percent
    Percentage of population living in rural Niger(World Bank, 2017)
  • 42 Percent
    Percentage of stunted children under the age of 5 (World Bank, 2016) 
  • 44.5 Percent
    Percentage of people living in poverty in Niger (World Bank, 2014)

Value Chains

  • Poultry
  • Small ruminants
  • Cowpea


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 livelihoods through subsistence farming to increase their incomes. Conflict over diminishing resources, and ineffective and corrupt local governance fuel many of the grievances that can make local populations more receptive and vulnerable to recruitment by extremist groups active in the region. Niger’s risky environment decreases incentives and willingness to make investments necessary to boost economic growth, which further limits the ability of individuals, households, communities, countries and systems to effectively mitigate, adapt to and recover from shocks and stresses, such as drought and conflict.

To help Niger improve its food security and boost resilience, Feed the Future is investing in sustainable water security, livestock and 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, and helping Nigerien farmers venture into more commercially-oriented value chains, such as poultry, sheep, and goats.

The Government of Niger 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 supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Niger.

  • USAID Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced Initiative
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • U.S. African Development Foundation
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Sorghum and Millet
  • Global Development Alliance with Lutheran World Relief, Ecobank, Airtel, and S.H. Biaugeaud

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