Country Stats

  • Population: 26,328,852
  • People affected by extreme poverty: 9.5 million
  • Number of Nigeriens in need of humanitarian assistance: 2.9 million

Concern's Impact

  • People reached through disaster response plans: 405,000 people
  • COVID-19 prevention trainings: 45,000 Nigeriens reached in May 2020

Niger has faced chronic food insecurity, exacerbated by climate change, desertification, and population growth. Our holistic approach includes food assistance, cash transfers, cash-for-work programs, community-based health services, and nutritional care for mothers and children.

Niger experiences some of the highest levels of poverty, with 9.5 million people affected by conditions of extreme poverty. The situation is exacerbated by an influx of refugees escaping conflict in neighboring countries, as well as their own bouts of violence and instability.

Concern implements both humanitarian and development programs in Niger to cover basic needs while also improving the security and self-sufficiency of local communities.

I wasn't used to growing plants in a sack, it was new to me. But it's only now when I see what has been produced that I understand. I now realize that what Concern has done for us is something good. [The sack garden] provides us with additional food for us to eat.

Mika Abdu, Rain Program participant, Tahoua

Between chronic vulnerability and armed conflicts, more than 2.9 million people are currently in need of humanitarian assistance in Niger which, much like its neighboring countries, continues to be affected by the Lake Chad basin crisis.

Niger faces recurring cycles of food insecurity, malnutrition, natural disasters, and epidemics, with the COVID-19 pandemic further complicating recovery efforts.

As the country is highly dependent on agriculture, even minor climate shocks directly affects the livelihood of thousands of households. This situation is aggravated by the presence of armed conflicts at Niger’s shared borders with Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Mali, causing massive displacement and increasing vulnerability.

Latest Achievements

Agriculture & Livelihoods

In 2019, we provided emergency cash distributions and supported agricultural work for 36,943 individuals.

Disaster Risk Reduction

In 2019, we worked with communities, healthcare systems, and national authorities to develop disaster response plans that both better anticipate and reduce the consequences of natural disasters, reaching nearly 405,000 people.

Emergency Response

At the end of May 2020, we reached nearly 45,000 Nigeriens with COVID-19 prevention trainings and the distribution of over 90,000 bars of soap to ensure proper hand washing.

Our Work in Niger

Our response in Niger focuses on tackling the structural causes of extreme poverty through health, nutrition, livelihoods ,and education support.

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