Executive summary of the Ensuring Sustainability Report
CARE Niger was established in 1974 in response to famine and has worked on several food security projects since then. The program currently focuses on health and nutrition, natural resources management, education, local governance, conflict resolution, women’s empowerment, microfinance, disaster risk reduction, and emergency preparedness and response.
Niger is the birthplace of our successful and often-replicated Village Savings and Loan Associations program, which economically empowers women and raises their social and political status. The project is known as Mata Masu Dubara (MMD), or “ingenious women” or “women on the move.”
Since 1974, CARE has touched the lives of more than 4 million people through our work empowering women and youth, managing natural resources, promoting food security and nutrition, economic opportunities for youth and interfaith dialogue, adaptation to climate change and responding to emergencies. In the last decade in particular, CARE Niger has been focusing on creating partnerships with civil society to encourage more sustainable development. CARE Niger intends to reach more than 4 million people by 2020 focusing on women, girls, youth and people receiving humanitarian assistance in 110,000 households of Diffa, Maradi, Niamey, Tahoua, Tillabéry, Zinder, Dosso and Agadez regions.
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Many people in Niger have suffered from droughts and an inability to find food. Through CARE's Village Savings and Loan program, Mamata Tinou began a cereal bank in her village of Genki.
SAHEL HUNGER CRISIS
Drought, erratic rains, failed crops, soaring food prices and regional instabilities have left more than 18.7 million people at risk of starvation in the Sahel region of west Africa.