Niger

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INFORMATION

Capital: Niamey

Government: Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Mahamadou Issoufou

Economy:

  • Agriculture contributes about 40% of GDP and provides livelihood for about 80% of the population.
  • Sizable reserves of oil.
  • Drought, desertification, and strong population growth have undercut the economy.

Population: 19,866,231 (2018)

Land Size: 1.27 million sq km (489,000 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Hausa: 55.4%
  • Djerma Sonrai: 21%
  • Tuareg: 9.3%
  • Peuhl: 8.5%
  • Kanouri Manga: 4.7%
  • Other: 1.2% (2001 census)
Religions:

  • Muslim: 80%
  • Other (includes Indigenous African Religions and Christian): 20%

Language(s):

  • French (official)
  • Hausa
  • Djerma

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RECENT NEWS

  • Fri - Aug 9, 2019: Protect, Support and Empower Girls in Lake Chad Region - AllAfrica News: Niger
    [IPS] United Nations -As Lake Chad enters its 10th year of conflict, millions of young girls are being used and manipulated in grotesque ways.
  • Tue - Jul 30, 2019: Explore Alternative Means to Address Farmer-Herders' Conflict, Group Urges FG - AllAfrica News: Niger
    [Daily Trust] Forum of Farmers and Herders' Relations in Nigeria (FFARN), an NGO, has urged the Federal Government to move beyond the deployment of security agencies and explore alternative community-based responses to farmer-herder conflicts. The organisation stated this in its policy brief entitled "Response to conflicts between farmers and herders in the Middle Belt of Nigeria: Mapping past efforts and opportunities for violence prevention".
  • Thu - Jul 25, 2019: Interview On Plight of People On the Move in Agadez, Niger - AllAfrica News: Niger
    [MSF] Niger has been on Africa's migration route for centuries, and particularly the Agadez region. In recent years, travellers heading north have been joined by thousands of people moving south, either expelled from Algeria or returning from Libya.