On 17 October 2012 The Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA) organized the official launch of CountrySTAT in Niger. The event took place in the premises of the hotel Sahel in Niamey and was attended by 200 participants from the Ministries, representatives of the Technical and Financial Partners, Secretaries and General Managers of various departments, members of the Multidisciplinary Working Group CountrySTAT-Niger and the media.
The latest report published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) on the state of the food insecurity in the world underlines that the total number of undernourished people has been reduced by 132 million during the periods between 2010-12 and 1990-92, i. e from 18.6% to 12.5% of the global population and from 23 2% to 14.9% in developing countries during the referred periods of time. However, nearly 870 million people, or one in eight, were still suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012, and in the world of unprecedented technical and economic opportunities, and this is unacceptable!
The objective of the event was therefore to increase visibility on the urgent need to implement policies aiming at reducing hunger and malnutrition. It is expected that CountrySTAT Niger will provide a powerful tool for decision-makers, development partners and other users in the fight against hunger and poverty in Niger.