Situated on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, Niger gained independence from France on August 3, 1960. Currently led by President Mahamadou Issoufou, the West African nation has an estimated population of 17.13 million people spread across a total land area of 1,267,000 km². As of 2018, Bénin recorded a GDP of $24.7billion, with its top exports Gold, Other Oily Seeds, Refined Petroleum, Onions, and Radioactive Chemicals, sold to trading partners that include United Arab Emirates, China, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Switzerland. Niger’s administrative capital is located in Niamey, and its official currency is the West African CFA franc (XOF).

Notable Animal Diseases: Foot and Mouth Disease, Trypanosomiasis, and African Swine Fever among others.