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Emergency assistance to vulnerable households affected by the 2012 cereal deficit in the Niger

Emergency assistance to vulnerable households affected by the 2012 cereal deficit in the Niger

Full title of the project:

Emergency assistance to vulnerable households affected by the 2012 cereal deficit in the Niger

Target areas:

Diffa, Tahoua and Tillabery regions.

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 500 000
17/06/2013-31/03/2014
Project code:
OSRO/NER/304/USA
Objective:

To improve the food and nutrition security of vulnerable populations affected by food shortages through the increase of food availability and diet variety.

Key partners:

The National system in charge of prevention and management of food crises and disasters (Dispositif National de prévention et de Gestion des Catastrophes et Crises Alimentaires), the regional committees in charge of prevention and management of food crises and disasters, the decentralized services of the Ministry of Agriculture and Non-governmental Organizations.

Beneficiaries reached:

41 000 farming families (287 000 people), including 4 100 women-headed households.

Activities implemented:

The following activities were carried out:

  • identification of vulnerable households lacking quality seeds in selected regions;
  • selection of implementing partners and signature of Letters of Agreement;
  • identification of 41 000 beneficiaries (vulnerable households) with particular attention to women-headed households and people with disabilities;
  • distribution of 90 tonnes of millet seeds and 160 tonnes of cowpea seeds; each beneficiary received an agricultural kit including 10 kg of quality seed of millet and 5 kg of cowpea seeds which allowed to sow an area of 1 ha; and
  • crop monitoring and assessment to measure the impact and improvement of food availability for the beneficiaries.
Impact:

Quality seeds of millet and cowpea were distributed to 41 000 households (reaching the initial target of 41 000 households), of which 4 100 were women-headed households. This contributed to strengthen the resilience of affected beneficiaries to food insecurity. The seeds and technical advice resulted in the production of 13 158 tonnes, of which 2 964 tonnes of millet and 10 194 tonnes of cowpea that contributed to cover the food requirements of nearly 287 000 people.