IFAD's strategy in Niger
Since 1980, IFAD has financed 11 operations in Niger, five of which are ongoing. IFAD's interventions in the country have worked to strengthen the capacities and coping mechanisms of small-scale rural producers, with an emphasis on the most marginalized socio-economic groups. Based on a model of sustainable family farming, IFAD-supports efforts to ensure food security and strengthen the resilience of rural households by intensifying and diversifying production, post-production and marketing activities.
The Country Strategic Opportunities Programme for 2013 through 2018 targets 195,000 rural households totalling approximately 1.4 million people. The country programme's main strategic objectives are to:
- Sustainably increase production by small producers in the agriculture, forestry and pastoralist sectors
- Improve smallholders' post-production and marketing activities
- Strengthen the social capital of poor rural people, making local institutions and commercial activities more sustainable.
This approach is based on successful, participatory interventions that IFAD has supported in the past, working with smallholder farmers and pastoralists in Niger to adopt sustainable agrarian systems; secure access to land, water and other natural resources; sustainably manage those resources; and build the capacities of smallholders, implementing partners and service providers.
Over time, IFAD has also integrated a range of complementary and cross-cutting themes into its country programme, including:
- Adaptation of smallholder agriculture to climate change
- Economic empowerment and social advancement of women and young people
- Development of inclusive financing mechanisms
- Support for nutrition and the prevention of food crises
- Marketing strategies enabling the flow of trade from centres of production to areas of consumption at competitive prices.