Food crisis and desertification in Dosso, Niger

The Dosso region of Niger is considered among the areas with the highest numbers of people exposed to food insecurity due to climatic shocks (drought / floods) that affect the country, isolation and the limited resources of the population in terms of agricultural means and agro-pastoral techniques.

In this region the situation of isolation and vulnerability is particularly significant; the population is composed by 80% of farmers and 0.5% of breeders. Located in the South of Niger, Dosso borders the region of Tahoua in the East, with the Tiballeri region north-west and, with Benin and Nigeria to the South.

The areas of Dogonkiria and Soucoucoutane have been particularly affected by the recent droughts and have dramatically affected the availability of food for the agro-pastoral communities. In addition, the areas suffer from other environmental consequences such as floods and strong winds. These events have led to the degradation of the vegetation and the emergence of areas of high water and wind erosion.

In particular, drought and land degradation are major threats to the crops and contribute to the scarcity of food.

Through the activities of food for workCOOPI Suisse intervenes in response to the food emergency through the distribution of seeds in exchange for work. Hereby we hope to make a recovery of the degraded land and give some life back through the reforestation of herbaceous species suitable for grazing..

The revaluation is carried out using the technique of half-moon structures. The areas of priority concern a stretch that extends from Dodoria to Toudaunajak in the municipality of Dogonkiria, and the Modaba plateau in the municipality of Soucoucoutane. The areas to be reclaimed and developed have an area of 12 hectares. For the construction and maintenance the project works in close collaboration with the municipalities, in order to identify the teams responsible for the development and protection of these pieces of land.

One plans to "reward" the work by distributing 5 kg bags of millet for every half-moon. The beneficiaries are divided into teams of 3 to 5 people.

The project carried out in 2018, recovered 22 hectares were and employed 468 people.

The second project between 2018 and 2019, in addition to the recovery of 10 hectares for pastoral and forestry purposes, includes strengthening the ability of members of local institutions to organize and manage campaigns for the public about environmental issues.

COOPI Suisse collaborates on site with COOPI Niger and with local institutions and the related technical services.

Period of implementation of the projects: 2018- 2019

The projects are realized thanks to the recurrent donors of COOPI Suisse, which adhered to the #cambiamostoria campaign.

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Period of activity

2018 - 2019

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