Niger: Random Facts and Trivia

Some random facts and trivia for the country of the world Niger, population and people, poverty in the land, farmers and nomads.


The educated elite in Niger is very small. Ninety-five percent of the population consists of subsistence farmers, stock-raisers, and is extremely poor. Three quarters of the country receives too little rain to support agriculture, and there are many poverty-stricken citizens with no source of income whatsoever.

Traditional hostility between the nomads and the farmers has been somewhat eased by the solidarity which arose as a result of a 5-year drought. The Government established a National Solidarity Fund, to which the people, poor themselves, managed to contribute around $2 million yearly to aid those of their fellow countrymen who were in greater need.

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