The people of the West African Sahel country of Niger face frequent droughts and famine. They suffer from food shortages, chronic malnutrition and epidemics. In the UN Human Development Index, Niger shares ranks second to last. HEKS/EPER has been working in Niger since the great drought of the 1970s and, together with local partner organizations, is improving food security, access to land and the preservation of natural resources. Over the long term, development projects are leading to improved living conditions and supporting beneficiaries in better preparing themselves for future droughts. HEKS/EPER and its partners supply humanitarian aid during acute food crises.
In 2020, HEKS/EPER secured collective access for 52 400 people to 2462.5 hectares of land to be used for agricultural production or as livestock corridors. Some 5400 small farmers were trained in sustainable agriculture. A total of 9300 people were connected to the existing water supply network, including some 2400 pupils and 2850 patients at health centres.