Niger is one of the world’s poorest countries where almost three-quarters of the population live in extreme poverty. Gender inequality is still a huge issue in Niger and women have limited access to the land and trees that they depend on for food and income.
Niger's Park W is home to a vast array of wildlife. But as more trees are cleared to make room for farms, animals are being forced out of their homes and into local villages. Here, people's crops and homes are at risk of being damaged by displaced wildlife – this is known as human-wildlife conflict.
The project aims to train farmers in the Dosso region of Park W to grow trees in tree nurseries and restore and protect the land. This will improve soil fertility, increasing crop productivity, and strengthening the community's resilience to the impacts of the climate crisis.
The project also focuses on increasing female representation in land commissions. We are also supporting 250 people — mostly women — to develop enterprises and earn money from tree products like fruits and nuts.
In the first six months of this project, 50 farmers have been trained to restore the land and trees. These farmers have also set up action plans to train up 300 more farmers. Three tree nurseries have been created and used by locals to grow 22,390 tree seedlings.
We have also started working with ten enterprise groups, with 90% female members. 11 land commissions have also been assessed and we are now starting to improve the functionality and capacity of these groups
This project has been made possible thanks to The Swedish Postcode Foundation.