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Water Mobilisation Project to Enhance Food in Maradi, Tahoua and Ziner Regions (PMERSA-MTZ) Niger

Niger

Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP)

Titre : Water Mobilisation Project to Enhance Food in Maradi, Tahoua and Ziner Regions (PMERSA-MTZ) Niger

$33 million to contribute to poverty alleviation by boosting rural production and enhancing food security in vulnerable areas.

Pays : Niger

Date : 2011 – 2016

Contexte
Today, Niger ranks second to last in the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Index, with close to 50% of the population living on less than $2 a day – most of them farmers. The agricultural sector accounts for almost 40% of the GDP of Niger and employs three-quarters of the population. Agriculture mostly relies on small-scale family farms that combine rain-fed crops – mainly cereals and vegetables. A semi-arid zone, used for pastoralism and rain-fed agriculture, separates the northern and southern regions. Irrigated land is less than 1%, but irrigated farming accounts for about 30% of the country’s agricultural production. Rural farming families own, on average, five acres of dry land. Some families also have access to small plots of irrigated land (less than one hectare). Land availability per household/person have been declining, given population growth and the concentration of inhabitants in rural areas.

Description
The Water Mobilisation Project to Enhance Food in Maradi, Tahoua and Ziner Regions (PMERSA-MTZ) aims to raise and safeguard agricultural output by creating agricultural, silvicultural, and pastoral development centers located in surface water collection sites. This involves constructing and rehabilitating water-spreading bunds, mini-dams, and irrigation areas over approximately 17,600 hectares ; ensuring land tenure security for developed sites ; and building village wells, rural roads, and storage infrastructure. The project also partners with an NGO, Plan International, to carry out income generating activities for women such as through the distribution of post-harvest equipment and capacity building. These outcomes will increase the irrigated surface area, reduce post-harvest losses, increase agricultural output and value added, and contribute to climate-smart agriculture co-benefits.

Bénéficiaires  : 197,884 poor people – 33% women – have benefited from the project as of June 2017. The project is expected to improve the living standards for 213,000 people – over 39,000 households – including more than 106,000 women.

Budget : $33 million

Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP)

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