Drought-prone and extremely poor, severe food shortages are very common in Niger. It often struggles to feed its population of 20 million people
Niger has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world. The health system is basic and disease is widespread. It is consistently one of the lowest-ranked countries in the United Nations’ Human Development Index, currently ranked 187 out of 188 countries.
GOAL have worked in Niger since the country suffered a severe food crisis in 2005.
Our current areas of operation are concentrated in Zinder region, one of the most food insecure in all of Niger, with some of the highest levels of malnutrition in the country. In Zinder, we work in nutrition, health, livelihoods and food security.
Our programmes target beneficiaries from extremely vulnerable households and communities, including children under five, pregnant and lactating women, as well as internally displaced people (IDPs) and refugees.
We work build the capacity of the Ministry of Health and health centres, and provide support to the agriculture and livestock technical services sectors.
We also work to improve agricultural and food security by providing access to training around agricultural techniques, micro-gardening and food conservation.