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March 24, 2017

Niger consistently ranks at or near the bottom of the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Index. Chronic food insecurity and infectious disease have resulted in some of the highest rates of malnutrition and mortality in the world.

March 24, 2017

Niger’s population is 70% illiterate and only 54% of female primary school students reach sixth grade. To address this gap in education, the Government of Niger is implementing an ambitious national education program to increase educational access, quality and retention.

March 24, 2017

Following Niger’s return to democratic rule in 2011, the Government of Niger committed to fighting corruption, increasing transparency and ensuring that proper management of the country’s natural resources benefits all Nigeriens.

March 24, 2017

The vast majority of Nigeriens depend on rain-fed agriculture for their livelihoods; frequent droughts in the region often reduce crop and livestock yields, leading to food shortages in the country. Their livelihoods are further threatened by low and variable rainfall, land degradation, desertification and the highest birth rate in the world.

September 16, 2016

USAID launched the RISE initiative in February 2014 to increase the resilience of chronically vulnerable households in targeted agro-pastoral and marginal agriculture zones in Niger and Burkina Faso (see Figure 1 for Map of the RISE Zone). RISE represents the totality of USAID’s humanitarian and development efforts to increase resilience by increasing economic well-being, strengthening governance and improving health and nutrition status.