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Satellites and social protection helping prevent food insecurity in Niger

Through the Sahel Adaptive Social Protection Program, financed by a multi-donor trust fund and supported by the International Development Association (IDA), the emergency drought response was activated, and more than 100,000 families benefited from emergency monthly transfer to offset poor harvests across the country. Social protection programs are often the first response to food insecurity and climate shocks. But in this case, the innovation is the preventive approach. The government with the support of the World Bank and partners, is using satellite early warning data to identify drought-affected areas and intervene early with emergency cash transfers. Located at the heart of the Sahel, Niger has experienced repeated droughts leading to growing food insecurity over the past 20 years. It is the first country in the region to develop a trigger-based adaptive safety net for drought response to provide early assistance to affected households.