Forty villages in Western Niger, close to the Nigerian Border.
Rainfall in this area of Niger is variable. Subsistence farmers, with no irrigation, rely entirely on the rain. When rainfall is too much or too little or at the wrong time, crops can fail and families struggle through long hungry seasons, hoping that the next year things might be better.
Right now farmers are facing a slow onset disaster as drought has affected crops and food is scarce. Families are struggling to find enough to feed their children and they are concerned for next year’s crops.
This project will focus on building food security (reliable access to food all year around), helping over 38,000 people improve their health, productivity and resilience towards future droughts and food crises.
One way the project is doing this is by providing training model farmers who will pass their knowledge onto other members of the community. By training them in techniques to help their crops survive dry spells, and supporting the construction of grain storage facilities that will protect harvested crops from insects, these communities will have much more secure sources of food for the future.
The project is also training women to grow vegetables for their families. By using the water available wisely they can grow more food for their family, increase the nutritional value of their diet an even begin to generate an income from selling extra produce.
Another aspect of the project is to improve the health of the community through the construction of toilets and training in sanitation and hygiene. This can make a significant difference to a community saving lives and increasing productivity of workers.