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Making markets work for smallholder producers in Niger


Titre : Making markets work for smallholder producers in Niger

Resulting from action research, CDI and its partners organized dialogue processes and formulated 25 resolutions which support existing initiatives toward chain innovation in the highly important onion sector of Niger.

Pays /Région : Niger

Début du projet : Jan 1, 2009
Fin du projet : Jan 1, 2011

With a yearly production of about 500.000 tons per year, Niger is the biggest exporter of onions in West Africa. The onion sector is an important pillar for the economy of this poor, land-locked and drought-prone country. For more than 100.000 farmers and for all the other actors in the chain (intermediaries, transporters and traders), onions are an important source of subsistence and income. For smallholders however it is not easy to make ends meet. They are confronted with several challenges : access to seeds of good quality, access to resources and credits, the need of increase of productivity, good storage and conservation of the onions, transparency of the markets, organisation of trade centres, etc.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI), Wageningen UR together with Agri-bilan, FCMN Nyia and SNV Niger, did an action research to “peel the onion” in the aim of supporting existing initiatives toward chain innovation. The project was oriented at problems and opportunities in real-life endeavours of small onion producers’ organisations. The activities focused on initiatives of collective actions that may improve economic transparency, farmer empowerment, stakeholder collaboration and coordination. The results of the action research project seek to contribute to questions of strategic importance in the aim of finding levers for a more competitive, inclusive and sustainable chain development.

Client (s) : Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Directorate General for International Cooperation (DGIS)

Partenaires : Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation
Other parties involved : Agri-bilan, FCMN Nyia and SNV Niger

Présentation : Wageningen UR

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