At a glance
Niger is a landlocked and essentially desert country. With its harsh environments, low and variable rainfall, frequent droughts, extreme temperatures and erosive torrential rains it is one of the world's most vulnerable places. Compounding this situation are the risks it faces from both internal and regional political instability.
All these factors affect the performance of the agricultural sector and therefore food and nutritional security, a key concern for the impoverished population and its government.