With a life expectancy of 55 years and an adult literacy rate of only 29 percent, the United Nations Human Development Report ranks Niger 186th out of 187 countries. The majority of people in this large, arid country depend on subsistence farming for their food; however, year after year, successful livelihoods are severely limited by a number of factors. Roughly half of the people in Niger do not regularly have enough food to eat. In addition to chronic problems, recent crises such as droughts, floods and instability in neighboring countries have exacerbated problems in a country where challenges already run deep.
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CRS is bringing much needed water, sanitation and hygiene services to thousands of refugees from Mali who have fled to neighboring Niger. »»
Across Niger, people are desperately hungry, and livestock are dying. CRS is delivering food and putting people to work. »»
Across Niger people are hungry and livestock are dying. CRS is delivering food and putting people to work so they can feed their families. »»
|Population:||16,344,687 (July 2012 est.)|
|Size:||489,191 sq. mi.; slightly less than twice the size of Texas|
|People Served:||4,364,610 (2012 est.)|
In 1991, Catholic Relief Services Niger began as a small satellite program managed by CRS Burkina Faso. In 1999, with increased funding and a growing program portfolio, CRS established a full country program in Niger. CRS Niger has its main office in the capital city of Niamey and currently maintains one sub-office in Maradi and two smaller satellite offices in Mayahi and Matameye. With a team of approximately 170 staff, CRS Niger works nationwide with local partners to improve short and long term access to food for vulnerable Nigeriens and provide other essential services to the poorest of the poor.
PartnersCaritas Développement Niger (CADEV)
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)