In March 2010, IEDRO received two CDs from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) (Hama Kontongomde) containing a record of the complete inventory of observational records microfiched during the 1990s throughout Africa—nearly 1,000 observation sites. IEDRO made copies of the CDs for Martin Munkhondya, IEDRO’s Africa Program Manager, and Dr. Rob Allan (ACRE Program Director) as well as Tom Ross, Climate Database Modernization Program Director, National Climatic Data Center.
When the government of Niger is a bit more stable, Rick and Africa Project Manager, Martin Munkhondya, hope to visit Niamey to negotiate the release of the microfiche for digitization.
Ethnic groups: Haoussa, Djerma Sonrai, Tuareg, Peuhl, Kanouri Manga, other
Language: French (official), Hausa, Djerma
Religion: Muslim, other (includes indigenous beliefs and Christian)
Median age: 16.4 years
Life expectancy: 44.28 year
GDP per capita: $700/year
Industries: Uranium mining, cement, brick, soap, textiles, food processing, chemicals, and slaughterhouses.
Economy: Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking near last on the United Nations Development Fund index of human development. It is a landlocked, Sub-Saharan nation, whose economy centers on subsistence crops, livestock, and some of the world’s largest uranium deposits. Drought cycles, desertification, and strong population growth have undercut the economy.
Reference: CIA World Factbook: Niger