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CRS in Niger: An Overview of Our Work

CRS in Niger: An Overview of Our Work   

This fact sheet describes CRS' work in Niger. Our current programming in Niger includes the following areas:

  • Food security, nutrition and agriculture
  • Health
  • Emergency response and resilience
  • Education

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Our history in Niger

Catholic Relief Services came to Niger in 1991. In 1996, with a growing portfolio of programs and increased funding, we established a full country program. Today we have approximately 165 national staff and seven international staff. Our head office is in Niamey, with suboffices in Maradi, Matameye and Mayahi.

What we do

CRS employs an integrated approach to help poor and vulnerable people lead full and productive lives. We work throughout Niger to serve the poorest of the poor through better food security, agriculture, health, microfinance, education and emergency response.

We implement programs in partnership with a variety of stakeholders, including government agencies, local organizations, research institutions, international NGOs and local Caritas partners.

Our current work in Niger focuses on the following areas:

  • Food security, nutrition and agriculture
  • Health
  • Emergency response and resilience
  • Education

Current programs

Food security and nutrition

We are using an integrated approach to improve food security and nutrition in rural areas. CRS is targeting more than 86,700 Nigerian households in 900 isolated villages. The program includes activities in nutrition, maternal and child health, water and sanitation, agriculture, microfinance, and adult literacy.

USAID’s Food for Peace initiative is providing US$39.9 million to fund the program for the years 2012–2017. We are collaborating with a variety of local organizations, including the Niger-based International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, the Government of Niger’s technical extension services, the Abdou Moumouni University of Niamey, Tufts University and Caritas Développement Niger (CADEV), the local Caritas partner in Niger.


We are strengthening agricultural value chains to help farmers improve their food security and increase their incomes. CRS is targeting 15,000 millet, sorghum and cowpea farmers in 150 villages across Dosso, Maradi and Tahoua. The program will strengthen farmers’ capacity to produce, store, market and sell their crops. The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa is providing US$864,000 to fund the project for the years 2012–2015.


HIV & AIDS: CRS works to serve the physical, social and spiritual needs of people with HIV and AIDS in the Dosso region of Niger by providing medicine, supplementary food and housing repair materials. We also work to put an end to HIV stigmatization in the region by training peer educators from high schools and hosting discussions about HIV and AIDS for local religious and traditional leaders.

Malaria: We are reducing malaria-related morbidity and mortality through better prevention and treatment. The program has trained more than 1,100 community health agents and conducted 16,300 home visits and sensitization sessions to increase peoples’ knowledge about Malaria. Children’s use of bed nets has increased from 55 percent to 63 percent, and pregnant women’s use of bed nets has increased from 48 percent to 71 percent.

The Global Fund provided US$30 million to fund the project for the years 2008–2013. Our partners are CADEV, l’Organisation de Développement Durable, Organisation Nigérienne des Educateur Novateurs and Niger’s National Program for the Fight against Malaria. CRS is the lead organization.

Emergency response

We are providing emergency relief for the three crises that Niger experienced in 2012: an influx of refugees from Mali, a food shortage and severe flooding.

Our emergency response team has provided essential supplies and services to more than 1,500 refugee households that are living near the Mali border. The program has received approximately US $2.9 million from Trócaire, Sisters of Charity, Caritas Australia, Mary Jane and Glenn Creamer, the O’Neill Foundation, CRS private funds, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.

In response to the food crisis, CRS provided food via vouchers to 3,500 households for three months in 2012, using funds from Caritas New Zealand, Caritas Australia and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, which totaled about US $568,000. CRS served another 7,000 households through US$1.5 million from the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance between February 2012 and January 2013.


We are strengthening the resilience of vulnerable households that suffer from chronic food insecurity. Our program aims to improve income, nutrition and resilience by using voucher-for-work activities, cash-forwork activities and household gardens. CRS is targeting vulnerable households in Tillabéri and Ouallam.

The first phase of the project received US$850,000 from CRS private funds and Caritas Australia for late 2012 through early 2013. In March 2013, CRS was awarded nearly US$1 million from the OFDA to continue activities for another 12 months.


We are helping students in nomadic communities access education. CRS is targeting more than 2,500 students— especially girls—in the Bermo nomadic zone, which is in the Maradi region of Niger. We’ve invested more than US$500,000 in private resources to fund the project since 2008. CADEV is helping with implementation.

More information

For more information about our work in Niger, contact our office at:

Address: BP 871 Blvd. Mali Béro/Ave. Sultans, Niamey, Niger
Country Representative: Bill Rastetter
Tel: +227 20 72 21 25
Country profile: Niger

Publication details

Publisher: Catholic Relief Services (April 2013)
Fact sheet: 2 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 8.27 x 11.69 inches

Posted on April 11, 2013

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