Core area “Transformation of agricultural and food systems” Increasing the economic potential of agriculture
As a result of deforestation, overgrazing and highly intensive land use, more and more land in the Niger is being depleted of vital nutrients and is becoming infertile. The Niger is already regularly affected by droughts due to changes in normal rainfall patterns, and the situation is being further exacerbated by the effects of climate change.
Germany is supporting the Niger in protecting natural resources and in restoring land that has been depleted so that it can once more be used for agriculture, forestry and grazing. Traditional and modern methods are applied so as to stop soil erosion and make better use of rainwater. The government of the Niger attaches high priority to small-scale irrigation. In a programme for productive agriculture, therefore, Germany is placing a focus on this thematic area. One of the programme components, carried out in collaboration with other donors, was determining the irrigation potential for different regions in the Niger.
In addition, training modules for private and public providers of agricultural extension services are being developed. These providers learn how to give small farmers proper expert advice about matters such as tillage methods, rotating crops, selecting seeds, fertilisers, pest control and safety at work. This helps farmers to develop their businesses further, both technically and economically.
Germany’s support means that small-scale irrigation systems can be financed and farmers’ investments secured. The programme is also enabling the construction of storage facilities and the setting-up and expansion of markets.
Another focus of German development cooperation activities is on increasing the income of dairy and cattle farmers by developing value chains within the country.
As at: 05/05/2023