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October 18, 2012
Food Security Situation
Niger is one of the least developed countries worldwide, ranking 186 out of 187 on UN Development Program (UNDP) 2011 Human Development Index. Nearly 60 percent of the population lives in poverty and over 80 percent of the population relies on subsistence farming. Threats to Niger’s food security include extreme poverty, high food prices, insect infestation, conflict and weather-related shocks.
With the start of season, the return of migrants, and very high grain prices, grain demand for food and seeds is increasing and the financial resources are limited to household income from the sale of farm labor.
Agricultural production is threatened by locust activity. Several locust swarms were reported in northern Niger.
Food Assistance Programs
The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) targeted over 563,800 food-insecure Nigeriens in the Agadez, Dosso, Tahoua, Tillaberi, Zinder, Goure, and Maine Soroa regions.
FFP partnered with the UN World Food Program (WFP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Africare, Mercy Corps, Counterpart International and Catholic Relief Services on a variety of activities including agricultural production, health and nutrition, natural resource management, emergency preparedness, disaster mitigation, water and sanitation, vulnerable group feeding, social safety net, education, microcredit and microfinance development, and civil society strengthening.
Food for Peace Contributions
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Fiscal Year 2012||$94.0 million||38,510 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2011||$54.4 million||42,840 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2010||$90.5 million||62,160 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2009||$14.0 million||13,140 MT|
Fiscal Year 2012 Contribution Breakdown:
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Title II Development||$19.9 million||14,690 MT|
|Title II Emergency||$37.1 million||23,820 MT|
|Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP)||$37.0 million||19,500 MT|
Note: EFSP: Emergency Food Security Program; FY: Fiscal Year; MT: Metric Ton; UNDP: United Nations Development Program; UNICEF: United Nations Children's Fund; USD: U.S. Dollar; WFP: World Food Program
Food Security Situation Information provided by FEWS NET and WFP as of August 2012
Note: FY 12 Emergency Contributions include $1.6 million in a regional West Africa contribution
Country Specific Guidance
Last updated: October 22, 2012