Micro-finance helps female farmers improve their livelihoods

FAO-Government project to intensify agriculture pays off for female farmers in Niger

Established in 2008, IARBIC is a five-year, EUR 6 million project which aims to intensify agriculture in Niger. According to FAO's most recent hunger statistics, Niger has succeeded in reducing undernourishment threefold in the last two decades.

It now affects one out of every eight persons, as compared to almost one in three in 1990-1992.  Between 2008 and 2013 the project has resulted in: 264 input shops created (including 75 that had already benefitted from EU-funding) which brings to 783 the total number of such shops (including those established in previous years and by partners that have followed the IARBIC example); some 375 farmers’ field schools and 750 demonstrations being organized that reached almost 7 500 farmers, half of them women; 100 warehouses for ‘warrantage’, now available to some 100 000 farmers; and the establishment of a EUR 653 000 guarantee fund for eight farmers’ federations  representing 164 000 farmers.

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