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Improve coordination and food security and nutrition for better resilience of vulnerable households in the Niger

Improve coordination and food security and nutrition for better resilience of vulnerable households in the Niger

Full title of the project:

Improve coordination and food security and nutrition for better resilience of vulnerable households in the Niger

Target areas:

The regions of Diffa, Niamey, Tillabéry and Zinder

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 1 000 000
14/04/2014-31/03/2015
Project code:
OSRO/NER/403/USA
Objective:

To improve coordination and food and nutrition security for better resilience of vulnerable households in the Niger.

Key partners:

The 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:

31 100 vulnerable households (217 700 people).

Activities implemented:
  • Identified implementing partners.
  • Selected vulnerable households lacking quality seeds in project areas, with particular attention to women-headed households and people with disabilities.
  • Procured and distributed 436 tonnes of quality seeds (311 tonnes of millet and 125 tonnes of cowpea seeds) to 31 100 beneficiary households (each beneficiary received 10 kg of millet and 5 kg of cowpea seeds).
  • Carried out field missions with food and nutrition security partners, including national and decentralized government structures.
  • Held 25 Food Security Cluster meetings to share information on field activities and enhance coordination.
  • Provided training to partners on tools to better monitor and evaluate activities.
  • Organized joint monitoring and crop evaluation missions.
Impact:
  • Cultivated 31 100 ha of land and produced 27 828 tonnes of millet and cowpea.
  • Increased food availability substantially, which contributed to the improvement of beneficiaries’ food coverage from three to four months.
  • Contributed to enhance joint coordination efforts among FAO and its partners to strengthen interventions in the food security sector.