IFAD's strategy in Niger
Since 1980, IFAD has financed 11 operations in Niger, three of which are on-going. In implementing its programmes and projects, IFAD takes advantage of long-standing experience gained in the country. It also benefits from a reliable partnership with the Government of Niger and other development actors, such as the Global Environment Facility, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, the Italian Development Cooperation and the World Food Programme.
Based on a model of sustainable family agriculture, IFAD's development interventions in Niger have worked to improve food and nutrition security in rural households and to boost the resilience of local communities. These interventions converge on support for inclusive economic growth, poverty reduction and food security through productive family farming. Other activities focus on sustainable management of natural resources and coherent integration of economic welfare and safety nets in favour of the most marginalized socio-economic groups.
The Country Strategic Opportunities Programme for 2013 through 2018 in Niger targets 195,000 rural households totalling approximately 1.4 million people. Its main strategic objectives are to:
- Sustainably increase and diversify production by smallholder farmers in the agro-pastoralist sectors
- Improve smallholders' post-production and marketing activities
- Strengthen the social capital of rural people, making local institutions and economic activities more sustainable.
Over time – in pursuit of improved efficiency and effectiveness, and thanks to specific thematic studies and technical reports – IFAD has been able to integrate a range of complementary and cross-cutting themes into its Niger country programme. These include:
- Adaptation of family agriculture to climate change
- Sustainable natural resources management, such as watershed management, and soil and water conservation techniques
- Economic empowerment and social advancement of women and youth
- Development of inclusive rural finance and decentralized financial systems
- Food security and nutrition
- Support for economic and productive centres around rural warehouse markets, linking production and consumption areas
- Development of rural roads to provide access to markets
- Monitoring and impact evaluation, including economic and financial analysis, with market price schedule analysis , capitalisation and prospects
- Strengthening rural civil society organizations.