Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Niger

March 5, 2014

Food Security Situation

Map of Niger
CIA World Factbook
  • Niger is one of the least developed countries worldwide, ranking last on the UN Development Program (UNDP) 2013 Human Development Index. The majority of households in Niger face chronic food insecurity, due to structural vulnerabilities, e.g. reliance on animal husbandry and subsistence rain-fed agriculture with increasing rainfall variance and harsh climatic conditions.Basic social services are especially limited in the rural areas. 

  • High population growth, land degradation, climate change, and the most recent food and nutrition crisis in 2012 also drastically weakened the resilience of the most vulnerable populations.

Food Assistance Programs

  • USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) targets 515,548 individuals through an emergency program with the UN World Food Program (WFP) and three integrated development food aid programs with Catholic Relief Services, Mercy Corps, and Save the Children in the Maradi and Zinder departments that aim to reduce food insecurity and malnutrition among rural households. Development activities focus on behavior change in nutrition, health, water, sanitation, agriculture, livelihoods, gender, governance, integrated disaster risk management, savings and lending, literacy, and general capacity building of beneficiary communities. 

  • FFP supports WFP on a large relief program that provides targeted food assistance to food-insecure Nigeriens living in chronically vulnerable and at-risk communities. The program ensures adequate food and nutrition safety net during the lean season and focuses specifically on pregnant and lactating women and children under 5. FFP’s assistance encourages the protection community assets, which in turn leads to stronger community resilience to future shocks.  

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2014 $26.3 million 16,040 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $40.9 million 22,080 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $106.0 million 66,538 MT
Fiscal Year 2011 $54.5 million 42,840 MT
Fiscal Year 2010 $90.5 million 45,860 MT

Fiscal Year 2014 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development $4.3 million  1,740 MT
Title II Emergency $22.0 million 14,300 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) --- ---

Food Security Situation includes information from WFP, FEWS NET and UNHCR as of March 2014
FY14 contribution based on funds obligated as of March 2014

Country Specific Guidance

Last updated: March 05, 2014

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