Food Coalition

Revised humanitarian response Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Niger

The Niger has been facing multiple recurrent and persistent shocks (e.g. drought, insecurity, massive population displacement, etc.), significantly affecting agricultural and pastoral production, and increasing the levels of food insecurity and malnutrition.

Following the first reported COVID-19 case in the country (20 March 2020), the Government put in place a series of urgent and essential health-related restrictive measures, the effects of which are still being felt even though the majority have recently been lifted. Disruptions to markets, food chain supply and trade could limit people’s access to sufficient and diverse sources of food, especially in areas hard hit by the virus or already affected by high levels of food insecurity and malnutrition.

In rural areas, the challenges linked to disruptions in the food supply chain affect food availability and access. Despite the prospect of a good rainy season, farmers are experiencing difficulties to procure and access agricultural inputs as well as transportation limitations particularly during land preparation for planting. The effects of movement restrictions have also prevented households from engaging in daily wage labour thereby reducing their access to income and increasing the adoption of negative coping mechanisms, such as the consumption of seeds.

In areas already affected by conflict in the Niger, necessary movement restrictions and border closure linked to COVID-19 are also hampering livestock mobility, thereby affecting agropastoral livelihood activities. In addition, the livestock feed value chain has been disrupted with severe fodder production deficits. As a result, many pastoral households didn’t have enough feed for their livestock, which in turn has reduced production and trading activities.

The vulnerability of displaced persons and refugees will increase considerably with the effects of the pandemic, as movement restrictions are likely to hinder their access to humanitarian assistance.

Priority Areas of work: Global Humanitarian Response Plan
SDG: 1. No Poverty, 2. Zero Hunger, 5. Gender Equality, 16. Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Level: Country
Country: Niger
Budget: USD 24.8 million

Action Sheet:  1_Niger_CB0180EN.pdf

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