Niger

Niger is concerned by a recurring food crisis which affects millions of people in the Sahel region. Under the leadership of its President, Niger has put in place in 2011 an innovative multisectoral strategy, the 3N initiative (Les Nigériens Nourrissent les Nigériens – Nigeriens Nourish Nigeriens) that is designed to empower Nigeriens for improved food and nutritional security, with an emphasis on a sustainable food production system. An action plan spanning across five years started in March 2012.

REACH was launched in Niger in 2011. Its main role is to support the Government in the implementation of its multisectoral nutrition strategy, taking key priorities into account.

REACH objectives

  1. Assist with the development of institutional capacity for action at all levels of government. Building capacity to act by increasing the number of dedicated staff as well as by strengthening their skills.
  2. Support for multisectoral coordination. Improve the effectiveness of current mechanisms for coordination, in particular increase the number of bodies included.
  3. Assist to improve food security and nutrition management informationsystems with regard to quality and to linkages with other sectors.
  4. Support to define a joint advocacy strategy and plan for nutrition. Assist to strengthen technical nutrition leadership and vision in Niger and to identify senior political advocates for nutrition.
  5. Support to the development of nutrition policies and inclusion of nutrition in national strategies.

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Poverty & nutrition facts

  • 60% of population lives below the poverty line
  • 42% of children under 5 are stunted
  • 14.8% of children under 5 are wasted
  • 38.5% of children under 5 are underweight

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