Oxfam, together with our local partner organisation Karkara, is helping communities and local authorities in Banibangou, south-west Niger, to better understand how they use their fragile natural resources and adopt sustainable water and land management practices. The aim is to set up a model that can be scaled up and replicated in other parts of the country.
In its first two years, the project has brought about tremendous improvements: farmers can irrigate their crops even in the dry season; farming production and household income have increased; women - who constitute the majority of farmers in Banibangou - are more empowered and their roles are being more valued; and water and land disputes have decreased.
- Build communities' water and land management skills, by providing equipment and training, and supporting initiatives to monitor, protect and sustainably replenish their natural resources.
- Improve farming productivity and food supplies, by enhancing farming practices and supporting water-efficient irrigation systems to supply water to crops, even in the dry season.
- Reduce pressure on existing water resources by refurbishing wells for nomadic herders.
- Maintain local peace and increase collaboration among communities, by encouraging dialogue and joint planning.