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Collaboration for strengthening resilience: Niger

Collaboration for strengthening resilience: Niger
Oct 2015

Niger is a landlocked, low-income and food-deficit country, ranking 187th out of 187 countries in the Human Development Index1. Life expectancy at birth is 58 years, and one in ten children will not reach five years of age2. Of children under five, over 40 percent are chronically malnourished and about 15 percent acutely malnourished3, with malnutrition linked to a third of childhood deaths. The population of 17.8 million is predominantly rural and concentrated in the south, with nearly half living on less than USD 1.25 per day4. The population growth rate is very high, 3.9 percent, with more than half the population under 15 years of age5. Three-quarters of the population – and 82 percent of women – cannot read6. The lack of infrastructure, safe water and sanitation, low schooling, restricted production capacity, limited access to markets, gender disparities and urban/rural divide hinder
development.

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