Niger: Project completed in 2014
The project was run by Larassu’s ONG since 2015
A paprika producer Nayio Goumi:
“Hamdulillahi, it is the first time our issues and needs have been identified and resolved to our liking. The female producers have generated revenues by selling fresh paprika. Thanks to paprika, I even won a bike.”
This project aims to promote the cultivation of paprika, a cash crop, and to support the processing and marketing of paprika to develop income-generating activities for women in rural areas.
This project falls under the Irrigation Development section of the Initiative 3N Program in Niger, which has the global objective of “ensuring the conditions for full participation in national production and revenue growth. ”
One of its most important priorities is “to increase vegetable production in general and paprika cultivation in particular”, which advocates the improvement of living standards and income of the local population of the Sirba, the development of irrigation and use of rainwater runoff.
In order to comply with the environment, the Foundation conducted a forest inventory of the areas to be cultivated (107 hectares) and commissioned a study of the environmental and social assessment of implementing the Paprika Project along the Sirba (tributary of the Niger River). Following clearing, pruning, sub-soiling, installation of leveling fences and surface facilities, land subdivision work and irrigation canals were initiated. Producers, supervised by 3 mentors provided by the Foundation, carried out all the work on the 11 paprika cultivation sites.
This project reduces poverty through the creation of new jobs, diversifies and increases revenue streams, and strengthens farmers’ skillsets. As the farmers involved in the project are women, the project also aims to fight gender inequality by allowing them to gain financial independence.
Each producer received agricultural equipment (watering can, wheelbarrow, rake, pump, drying rack, etc.) in addition to inputs such as seeds, fertilizers and processing products. In addition, an on-site management committee has also been established and trained in paprika growing best practices and basic equipment (pump) repairs.
- Income generated by the project from 2011 to 2014: $1,493,420
- 534 producers directly impacted by the project including 376 women
- 11 locations with an area of 107 hectares fully cultivated
- Construction of 12 water-holding ponds, three of which in collaboration with Orange Foundation
- Income of $823, 548 generated in 2 years by producers in the paprika project
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