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2016

Programme for rural development and productive agriculture : promotion of productive agriculture (PROMAP) Niger

Niger

Titre : Programme for rural development and productive agriculture : promotion of productive agriculture (PROMAP) Niger

Pays : Niger

Numéro du projet :

Durée : 2016 to 2018

Commissioned by : German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Contexte
Despite adverse conditions, with temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius in the shade, low and irregular rainfall and poor, highly erosion-prone soils, most of the inhabitants of the Niger depend on income from rainfed farming. At least 270,000 hectares of arable land could be irrigated to grow vegetables, yet only around 40 per cent of this land is currently being utilised for this purpose. The development of small-scale irrigation in the Niger is hampered by the fact that smallholder families do not have enough money to invest in the expansion and improvement of irrigated areas. Many of these families do not know how to create an irrigation system, nor do they have access to inputs such as seed, fertiliser and pesticides. Even farmers that do work with small-scale irrigation often employ techniques that are not environmentally sustainable.

Description _ The programme advises the Niger’s Ministry of Agriculture on the development and implementation of an appropriate small-scale irrigation policy. Specific training modules are developed and courses are run for private and public agricultural service providers, enabling them to offer farmers professional advice. The courses cover topics such as soil tillage, crop rotation, selecting the correct seed, fertiliser and pesticides, occupational safety and much more besides. Consultancy services by the ARGE ECO-AFC consortium. These agricultural service providers can subsequently help interested farmers to develop technical and business aspects of their farms or cooperatives. Direct support is also provided by the project team. The programme works closely with the investment component provided by KfW Development Bank.

Objectif : The economic potential of small-scale irrigation in the Niger’s agricultural sector is exploited.

Partenaire du projet : Ministry of Planning

Financement :

Présentation : GIZ

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