Switzerland supports development efforts in Niger by investing in rural development, education and vocational training and also local governance. These actions aim to improve the quality of life for local communities, encouraging them to play a part in their own development.
Due to cyclical and structural problems Niger suffers repeatedly from food insecurity. Since the 1970s the country has experienced seven major food crises. Approximately 80% of the population live in rural areas with 60% living below the poverty line. In line with Niger’s development strategies, the SDC is active in three main fields:
- Rural development
- Education and vocational training
- Local governance
The SDC mainly concentrates its operations in the regions of Dosso and Maradi, in the south of the country, with extensions to Zinder and Diffa.
Detailed information can be found on the French page.