Niger is listed as one of the least developed countries in the world 186/187 countries according to the Human Development Index. Niger’s population relies almost exclusively on agriculture for subsistence. Nearly 82% of the population are regarded as farmers. Drought plagued the country since 2005 and peaked in 2010, resulting in massive malnutrition among children. One-fifth of all children under the age of 5 perish due to hunger.
In recent years, acute malnutrition decreased from 15% to 10% and severe food insecurity dropped from 15% to 9%. Nevertheless, in 2012 torrential rains have caused destruction of crops intended to feed families for the coming months, especially during drought season. Mechanisms have been put in place to address malnutrition and food insecurity; however, with a bevy of natural disaster, the need for resources will certainly be greater.
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Zakat Foundation continues to support food distribution in the areas hit by famine in Niger, West Africa. In coordination with… Continue Reading...