Read more about FAO in emergencies and the Lake Chad Basin crisisFood insecurity regularly affects over 1 million people annually in the Niger due to recurrent shocks, which increases households’ vulnerability and weakens their resilience. As a result of the conflict in the Lake Chad Basin, the security situation in Diffa has aggravated the already precarious living conditions of vulnerable populations and caused the displacement of 302 000 people in the region.

Increasing agricultural production

Subsistence agriculture and pastoralism are the predominant economic activities occupying more than 80 percent of the workforce. Despite the encouraging preliminary results of the 2016/17 agricultural campaign, nearly 3 000 villages remain at risk of production deficit. The population in over 70 villages in the Diffa region were not able to plant due to insecurity, while the livelihoods of other farmers were affected by the floods in August 2016. Food insecurity is likely to worsen, especially in the northwest, owing to increases in rice and cereal prices as well as the onset of the Rift Valley fever, affecting both human and animal health and thereby restricting livelihood activities and production. In addition, cereal and fodder deficits are expected in pastoral and transhumance regions due to various weather abnormalities, including excess of humidity, drought, sand, winds, etc.

Under the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan, FAO is requesting USD 5.5 million to assist 580 532 people by providing them with critical agricultural inputs to restore their livelihoods and avoid a further deterioration of their food security. Support to animal health will also be provided through vaccinations, deworming, training and the distribution of veterinary kits and animal feed.


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 - FAO warned that the food security situation in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin is drastically deteriorating, as conflict and instability continue. Daniele Donati, the Deputy Director of FAO Emergency and Rehabilitation Division explains more
 - The figures of the people living in the Lake Chad Basin, the number of incidents and deaths, the displacemnt trend and the number of food insecure more
 - Context Boko Haram-related violence in northeastern Nigeria has spilled over to areas of neighbouring Sahelian countries in the Lake Chad Basin – specifically, Cameroon, Chad and the more
 - Key Points: Food situation remains good in the region with new harvests. The off season crop campaign in the region is ongoing. Niger recorded a forage production deficit. Locust more
 - Key messages Restoring agricultural livelihoods is a priority to avoid a further deterioration of the food security situation of displaced people and host communities in the coming more
 - Food insecurity situation in the Sahel and West Africa from 01/06 to 31/08/2017. Compare it with the previous one.
 - Les points essentiels: Les prévisions régionales de la production agricole sont en hausse par rapport à la moyenne des cinq dernières années. Toutefois, des baisses de la more
 - In the Sahel, around 65 percent of the active population works in the agriculture sector and their livelihoods are therefore affected by climate change, markets and more
 - Le document s’adresse aux acteurs d’urgence pour l’inclusion de l’approche dans des actions/projets de relèvement rapide ainsi qu’aux acteurs du développement et de la protection sociale more
 - In 2017, FAO seeks USD 1.05 billion to assist over 40 million people in 41 countries. FAO in the 2017 Humanitarian Appeals