Niger: Nutrition Profile

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a health worker explains a poster to a group of mothers with their children SPRING Project
  • Niger

    Flag of Niger

  • Population

    20.7 Million

  • Pop. Under 5

    4.2 Million

  • % Stunting

    42% Of Children Under 5

  • % Underweight

    36% 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 around 1.8 million children under 5 years (42 percent) suffer from chronic malnutrition (stunting or low height-for-age) and 10 percent suffer from acute malnutrition (wasting or low weight-for-height).

USAID Programs: Accelerating Progress in Nutrition

As of January 2018, 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.

  • RISE Initiative: Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced— Accelerated Growth (REGIS-AG)
  • RISE Initiative: Sahel Resilience Learning Project (SAREL)
  • Food for Peace PASAM-TAI Project (CRS)
  • Food for Peace SAWKI Project
  • Food for Peace LAHIA Project
  • Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel—Enhanced Resilience (REGIS—ER) Project


For more information, read the Niger country profile [PDF, 248KB].