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Women of Baura Village in Maradi, Niger, started this community garden with the help of Mercy Corps, Helen Keller International and Africare.
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Feed the Future has worked in Niger since 2013.

Feed The Future Impact

  • 94,000
    Producers using new technologies and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY19

Value Chains

  • Poultry
  • Sheep and Goats
  • Cowpea
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  • 23.3 Million

    Number of people living in Niger (World Bank, 2019)

  • 83 Percent

    Percentage of population living in rural Niger (World Bank, 2019)

  • 48.5 Percent

    Percentage of stunted children under the age of 5 (World Bank, 2018)

  • 45.4 Percent

    Percentage of people living in poverty in Niger (World Bank, 2014)

Our Strategy


Improve health and nutrition


Improve the sustainable use of natural resources for agricultural and livestock production


Enhance governance of institutions and organizations


Empower women and youth


Promote market access for agricultural products and livestock


Build risk management among vulnerable households

Our Progress

  • 31,000

    Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY19

  • 16,500

    Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY19

Our Work

Broad-based development in Niger has been hampered by poor infrastructure, extremely low education levels, and recurring exposure to multiple concurrent shocks, such as conflict, droughts and floods.


This high-risk environment hinders investment by foreign governments and the private sector, further limiting the ability of the country and its people to grow economically and effectively mitigate, adapt to and recover from shocks and stresses.


To help Niger improve its food security and strengthen resilience, Feed the Future invests in efforts to help families increase their access to water and other natural resources, develop businesses, engage in growing markets and improve their health and nutrition.

Spurring Agriculture-Led Growth

In Niger, Feed the Future invests in sustainable water security, livestock, climate-resilient agricultural production, new infrastructure, market access and natural resource management. The initiative also unlocks access to finance for local entrepreneurs and small business groups and trains Nigerien farmers to help them grow commercially viable commodities like cowpea, poultry, sheep and goats.

In 2019, Feed the Future helped livestock producers in 10 regions vaccinate more animals through free and subsidized vaccination campaigns and private veterinary services. In addition, more than 68,000 poultry were vaccinated against Newcastle disease in 2019. Feed the Future also established and revitalized livestock management committees in 15 markets and helped them formally register as businesses. As a result, revenues for farmers groups and commune taxes increased, making it possible for local authorities to invest in additional infrastructure and services.

Building Strong, Resilient Communities

The Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced (RISE) program, Feed the Future’s primary investment in Niger, helps communities strengthen resilience to recurrent crisis by creating better access to water and other natural resources, promoting business development and opportunities to engage in growing markets, improving health outcomes, strengthening effective governance at all levels, and empowering women and youth to be a force for positive change in their communities.

A 2018 analysis of the program showed that RISE contributed significantly to positive results, with a 24.6 percent rate of return and evidence that the program has successfully helped families escape poverty and strengthen their resilience. The expected economic benefit is $19 million to the nation’s economy by 2024. Additional evidence has shown that these families were better able to maintain or improve their food security despite being exposed to more shocks and stresses such as drought, flooding, conflict and food price spikes.


The results shown reflect data from a combination of USAID Mission Activity Reports, the RISE Impact Evaluation, and information from the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. African Development Foundation reported into Feed the Future’s central monitoring system for fiscal year 2019 (FY19). For more information on the indicators above, please view our Feed the Future Indicator Handbook. All dollar amounts are listed in U.S. dollars.

Our Activities

Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships, and organizations in Niger:

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  • Development Finance Corporation Loan Guarantee
  • 12/12 Alliance
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Sorghum and Millet
  • Feed the Future Soil Fertility Technology Adoption, Policy Reform, and Knowledge Management Project
  • Mobile Technology for Development Partnership
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Sahel Collaboration and Communication Activity
  • SERVIR West Africa
  • Sustainable Opportunities for Improving Livelihoods with Soils Consortium
  • TerresEauVie Water Security and Resilience Activity
  • U.S. African Development Foundation
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • USAID Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel
  • USAID Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced Program

Related Resources

November 29, 2018

Feed the Future Niger Country Plan

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USAID IDEA Country Dashboard for Niger

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Featured Story From Niger

New Partnership Works to Reduce Food Insecurity, Change Lives

The yields were so impressive that people throughout the commune considered it worthwhile to collaborate with the project. Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel – Enhanced Resilience has changed the lives of people in our community and is now increasing its impact.

Harounda Dan Fadji, Mayor of Sabon Machi

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