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Niger

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Niger

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Background information

The low-income country relies mainly on subsistence farming and livestock. Moreover, Niger accounts for one of the world's largest deposits of uranium. Despite the abundant natural resources, the country lacks a diverse mining industry and mainly relies on agriculture and foreign donor resources. Niger is ranked as one of the least developed countries.

The landlocked country is considered one of the hottest countries worldwide and only one-fifth of the land area, mainly located in the south, is suitable for crops such as cowpeas, cotton, peanuts, millet, sorghum, cassava and rice. The climate-related limited agriculture is replenished with livestock. However, the agricultural sector contributes to nearly two-fifths of GDP and provides a basis of life for every ninth of the labor force. Recurring droughts however harm the overall food production and threatens the existence of subsistence farmers. Given the limited possibilities of farming to fulfill the nation’s demand for cereals, a share of 7% needs to be imported.

The country ranks last on the HDI (2014) because of multiple factors: severe food insecurity, a weak educational sector (only one in every five at the age of 15 or more can read and write), high population growth and few prospects outside of agriculture. Niger has the youngest population worldwide with a median of 15.2 years and it is doubling every 18 years. According to the GHI (2015), roughly every tenth is undernourished and almost every second child is stunted.