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Emergency assistance to farmer and herder households affected by the 2011 agropastoral crisis in the Niger

Emergency assistance to farmer and herder households affected by the 2011 agropastoral crisis in the Niger

Full title of the project:

Emergency assistance to farmer and herder households affected by the 2011 agropastoral crisis in the Niger

Target areas:

Maradi, Tahoua, Tillabéri and Zinder

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 1 100 000
Implementation:
01/05/2012-30/04/2013
Project code:
OSRO/NER/203/USA
Objective:

To improve the food and nutrition security of the targeted population.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Extension Services, Lutheran World Relief, SOS, Concern Croissant Rouge Qatari, Qatar Charity, Federation Mooriben, national and local community authorities and other NGOs.

Beneficiaries reached:

372 250 vulnerable people, of whom 193 570 are women and 73 780 are children.

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed 91 tonnes of cowpea seeds to 18 200 households to cultivate 18 200 ha.
  • Procured 180 tonnes of potato seeds, 1 615 kg of vegetable seeds (cabbage, lettuce, tomato, onion, carrot) and 52.5 tonnes of maize seeds for 32 300 households to plant 4 519 ha.
  • Procured and distributed 450 tonnes of wheat bran to 3 750 pastoral households.
  • Carried out training on vegetable and irrigated crop production techniques including topics such as nurseries and transplanting seedlings, using fertilizers, good watering practices and plant protection for 595 beneficiaries.
  • Set up pastoral field schools and carried out training sessions on multi-nutritive block production for 21 trainees.
Impact:
  • Produced a total of 6 224 tonnes of cowpea, 25 506 tonnes of vegetables (cabbage, lettuce, tomato, onion, carrot), 10 006 tonnes of potato and 3 465 tonnes of maize.
  • Saved livestock herds by providing feed for 18 750 small ruminants.
  • Covered household food needs for five to nine months (instead of the the usual three to four months).
  • Prolonged food availability and diversified household diets, improving food security.
  • Generated additional income through the sale of surpluses: households made an average income of USD 176 from vegetable and potato production; and USD 209 when including maize production.
  • Improved beneficiaries vegetable production and processing capacity.