Putting the right inputs in the hands of Niger’s farmers
€ 6 million multi-donor FAO programme in support of agricultural input shops run by farmer organizations achieves double yields
27 June 2013, Niamey/Rome - A five year, € 6 million multi-donor initiative to intensify agriculture has achieved yield increases of up to 100 percent in over half of Niger's farmer villages, FAO said today ahead of a high-level meeting on renewed efforts to end hunger in Africa, where Niger will present its new hunger reduction strategy.
According to FAO's most recent hunger statistics, Niger has brought down undernourishment threefold over the last two decades, now affecting one out of every eight persons, as compared to almost one in three in 1990-1992.
But vulnerability persists. The UN has warned that 800 000 people may need food aid this year, a consequence of the recurrent crises the Sahel region has experienced due to drought, high food prices and political upheaval.