It is estimated that 4.3 million people in Niger are chronically food-insecure and unable to meet their basic food requirements even during years of average agricultural production. During periods of constrained access to food, millions more can quickly fall into acute transitory food insecurity. Over-reliance on subsistence rain-fed agriculture and animal husbandry, widespread poverty, limited infrastructure, low levels of education, and limited effective coverage of basic services, aggravated by high population growth, high levels of indebtedness, and recurrent crises, have weakened the resilience of the most vulnerable people.
The situation of children is of particular concern with 1.005.000 children under the age of 5 acutely malnourished. The national prevalence of global acute malnutrition among children 6-59 months reached 13.3 percent nationwide, exceeding the emergency threshold of 15 percent Maradi region. Historic trends indicate that even during non-crisis years, rates of acute malnutrition can rapidly peak beyond emergency thresholds during the lean season period, when food access is most constrained.
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