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The Republic of the Niger shares borders with Libya to the northeast, Chad to the east, Benin and Nigeria to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, and Algeria to the northwest. Niger’s land area is approximately 1,266,700 km 2 . In 2013, Niger has 15.9 million hectares (159,000 km 2 ) of arable land. Niger’s estimated population in 2016 was 20.7 million. There were 15.6 million people depending on agriculture for living. Niger’s climate is subtropical with most of the country being desert area. The rainy season is from May to October, with the majority of the rain coming in the months of July and August. In the northern region, the annual rainfall is approximately 100 mm. In the central part of Niger, the annual rainfall is 250 to 300 mm, while the southernmost part of the country receives 585 mm.

Quick Facts

Capital: Capital: Niamey

Currency: Currency: CFA franc

Area (total): Area (total): 1,266,700 km 2

Population: Population: 20,672,987 (2016)

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Tahirou Abdoulaye
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IITA-Mali, ICRISAT Station Samanko, Bamako Mali