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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.


In Niger, the agriculture sector employs nearly 85 percent of the population and accounts for nearly half of Niger’s Gross Domestic Product. As Niger is situated in a drought- and flood-prone region, the majority of farmers are only able to grow enough food to feed themselves and their families. Feed the Future investments in Niger are helping to further develop the agriculture sector so it can spur opportunities for employment, contribute to regional food security and stability, and help people rise out of extreme poverty.

  • 103 THOUSAND
    Producers using new technologies and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY18
    Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY18
    Individuals received Feed the Future-supported short-term agriculture sector productivity or food security training in FY18
  • 103 THOUSAND
    Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY18

Key Achievements

Since 2015, 72 percent of families reached by the Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced (RISE) initiative, Feed the Future’s primary investment in Niger, showed signs of improvement in local governance. The program helped communities develop plans for natural resource management and community development, and used systems for conflict management that resulted in successful mediation of disputes.

A recent analysis of this program’s investments showed they contributed significantly to positive results, with a 24.6 percent rate of return and evidence that the program has successfully helped those reached escape poverty. The expected economic benefit is $19 million to the nation’s economy by 2024.


Niger is a newer Feed the Future target country. The results shown reflect data from a combination of USAID Mission Activity Reports, the RISE I Impact Evaluation, and information from the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. African Development Foundation, and Peace Corps, reported into Feed the Future’s central monitoring system for fiscal year 2018 (FY18). All dollar amounts are listed in U.S. dollars.


  • Improving health and nutrition outcomes
  • Improving the sustainable productive use of natural resources for agricultural and livestock production
  • Enhancing governance of institutions and organizations
  • Empowering women and youth
  • Promoting market access for agricultural products and livestock
  • Building risk management among vulnerable households

Zones of Influence in Niger

Map of Niger

Background Stats

  • 22.4 MILLION
    Number of people living in Niger (World Bank, 2018)
  • 83.6 PERCENT
    Percentage of population living in rural Niger (World Bank, 2018)
  • 42 PERCENT
    Percentage of stunted children under the age of 5 (World Bank, 2016)
  • 44.5 PERCENT
    Percentage of people living in poverty in Niger (World Bank, 2014)

Value Chains

  • Poultry
  • Sheep and Goats
  • Cowpea


The majority of Niger’s population lives in rural areas and works in agriculture. However, due to frequent droughts and floods that decimate crops and productive assets such as livestock, much of the Nigerien population struggles to maintain a living through subsistence farming.

Conflict over diminishing resources and ineffective and corrupt local governance fuel many of the grievances that can make communities more receptive and vulnerable to recruitment by extremist groups active in the region. Niger’s risky environment decreases incentives and willingness for foreign governments and the private sector to make investments necessary to boost economic growth, which further limits the ability of the country and its people to effectively mitigate, adapt to and recover from shocks and stresses, such as land degradation, drought and conflict.

To help Niger improve its food security and boost resilience, Feed the Future is investing in sustainable water security, livestock, climate-resilient agricultural production, and new infrastructure to improve market access and management of natural resources. The initiative is also empowering local entrepreneurs and small business groups, and helping Nigerien farmers venture into more commercially-oriented value chains, such as cowpea, poultry, sheep, and goats.

These investments are helping families increase sustainable access to water and other natural resources, develop businesses, and engage in growing markets and improve their health and nutrition. Feed the Future also bolsters effective governance and empowers women and young people to be a force for positive change in their communities.

The Government of Niger is committed to carrying out the reforms necessary to improve water and agricultural systems policy and has invested $508 million in the first phase of its ‘Nigeriens Nourish Nigeriens’ initiative for food security and resilience. Through this initiative, the Government of Niger has put strengthening resilience and social protection at the core of its development agenda.


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

  • 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
  • Global Development Alliance with Lutheran World Relief, Ecobank, Airtel, and S.H. Biaugeaud
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • U.S. African Development Foundation
  • USAID Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced Initiative

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