Across Niger, 1.3m children are in need of treatment for malnutrition in 2019 alone. The majority of people depend on agriculture to stay alive. When crops fail, people's lives become at risk. As is so often the case, food shortages leave children the most vulnerable.
By donating today, you can help to provide essential food and resources for vulnerable families in Niger.
Building resilience for the people of Niger
Every year. Niger suffers what is known as the 'lean season'.
This occurs when food from the last harvest has run out, but the next crops are not ready. The situation facing vulnerable families is worsening due to climate change.
Many communities have been experiencing a decrease in the amount of food to harvest due to the increased temperatures and infrequent rainfall, leaving them with very little food for the already difficult period.
We are also working with farmers to develop climate smart agriculture techniques, with a view to reducing hunger during the lean season and helping people to build resilience.
In order to support families in Niger, Concern works in 42 nutrition centres across the country.
A story from Tahoua
Rouaya Zahirou and her youngest son, one-year-old Salouhou, live in Tahoua, Niger.
More than 16% of the children in Tahoua are acutely malnourished and, sadly, Salouhou is one of these children.
With Rouaya's husband suffering from health problems, she is unable to leave their five children to find work.
The family are dependent on food from her husband’s family as they have nothing to grow or sell themselves. On the rare occasions her extended family can send food, there is often not enough to go around.
On the occasions when they receive this food, Rouaya lets her children eat first, then her husband, and Rouaya only eats if anything is left over.
Some days the family are not able to eat at all.
"There is little joy"
Salouhou has been underweight for nearly his entire life and arguably the saddest part of the whole story is that his mother can not remember what he is like when he is well.
"He is one-year-old and he has been ill since at least six months," Rouaya tells Concern.
"It's hard for me to remember what he is like when he's well - he has never been a healthy weight.
Every day is a struggle for Rouaya, who has four other children to also watch out for, as well as her husband.
"There is suffering and there is little joy. My children are the only thing that brings me any joy, but they suffer too."
At Concern, we work on a daily basis to bring children like Salouhou back to good health.
Since attending a Concern-supported nutrition centre, Salouhou has responded well to treatment and can begin on the road to recovery.
Key to his recovery is therapeutic food, a peanut-based paste that contains all the nutrients needed to bring malnourished children back from the brink of death.
"I was so happy when he started to eat," Rouaya said. "I'm very happy to have the support of the nutrition centre. I don't know what I would do without it."
More children like Salouhou need your help
The number of people who need our help in Niger is increasing day by day.
At least one in five families in Niger endure food consumption gaps that can result in acute malnutrition and death.
No child should lose his or her life to hunger, and you can help to prevent these tragic deaths by supporting Concern's work in Niger.