Niger: Nutrition Profile

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  • Niger

    Flag of Niger

  • Population

    22.4 Million

  • Pop. Under 5

    4.5 Million

  • % Stunting

    42% Of Children Under 5

  • % Wasting

    10% Of Children Under 5

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Malnutrition in childhood and pregnancy has many adverse consequences for child survival and long-term well-being. It also has far-reaching consequences for human capital, economic productivity, and national development overall. The consequences of malnutrition should be a significant concern for policymakers in Niger, since 46 percent of children under five are stunted (have low height‐for‐age) and 10.7 percent are acutely malnourished or wasted (low weight‐for‐height) (INS 2019).

USAID Programs: Accelerating Progress in Nutrition

As of April 2020, the following USAID programs, with a focus on nutrition, were active in Niger. The U.S. Government selected Niger as one of 12 Feed the Future target countries for focused investment under the new U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS). The Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced (RISE II) program (2019–2024) is USAID’s primary contribution to the GFSS in this region.

  • Breakthrough ACTION
  • Breakthrough RESEARCH
  • Girma, Development Food Security Activity (DFSA)
  • Hamzari, Development Food Security Activity (DFSA)
  • Wadata, Development Food Security Activity (DFSA)
  • USAID Yalwa
  • RISE Initiative: Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced (RISE II)


For more information, read the Niger country profile [PDF, 367KB].

Last updated: August 20, 2021

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