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Niger's economy centres on subsistence crops, livestock, and some of the world's largest uranium deposits. Drought cycles, desertification, a 2.9% population growth rate, and the drop in world demand for uranium have undercut the economy.

The agricultural economy is based largely upon internal markets, subsistence agriculture, and the export of raw commodities: food stuffs and cattle to neighbours.

Cow-peas and onions are grown for commercial export. Small quantities of garlic, peppers, potatoes, and wheat are also grown. Small patches of the north of the country feature Oasis farming which produces onions, dates, and some market vegetables for export.

Uranium is Niger's largest export. The nation enjoyed substantial export earnings and rapid economic growth during the 1960s and 1970s after the opening of two large uranium mines near the northern town of Arlit.

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Country Population: 13,957,000
Country Capital: Niamey
Country Currency: West African CFA franc

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