Starting from an unexploited and degraded land, all layers of the population have been involved to sustainably restore hectares of land in Niger. Since 2021, the REPO project (Agro-sylvo-pastoral resilience, West Niger), financed by the European Union Trust Fund, is implemented by Enabel.
Western Niger is characterised by strategic agro-pastoral areas that are used for agro-pastoral and pastoral purposes. These areas allow the maintenance of pastoral mobility and constitute essential subsistence resources for pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in western Niger and neighbouring countries.
Launched in 2021 for a period of 4 years, the REPO project focuses on the resilience of young people and women, particularly through strengthening their access to agro-pastoral resources and their participation in land governance mechanisms
Examples of activities carried out:
- Restoration & marking of grazing areas;
- Restoration of deteriorated land;
- More than 1.000 young people and women supported in socio-economic activities aimed at sustainable livestock services and practices;
- Spaces for dialogue and consultation with land management and peace-building structures have been set up.
Before the project, this place was unexploited. Today, we have restored the land and we manage to feed and graze our animals.. » M. Adamou, a beneficiary of the project
At the beginning, we did not have any sheep, but with the support of the project with a livestock package, we now have a double benefit: we can use animal droppings to improve the land, and we can sell the fattening products to finance the development of an income-generating activity meeting our family’s small expenses and needs. » Mrs Akan Rabo, a beneficiary of the project