Niger

With more than 32 million cattle, Niger is definitely a country of livestock farmers. But animal healthcare in the vast countryside is often inadequate. In addition, recurring droughts lead to a chronic shortage of grain and animal feed, which causes food crises. Livestock keepers must continuously adapt to these climate quirks.

 

How we help

  • In order to improve access to animal healthcare, we install local and private veterinary networks. Such a network consists of a private veterinarian and several community animal health workers.
  • We install modern information and communication tools, such as a mobile information system for pastoralists. Through their mobile phones, farmers can get answers to questions like “Where do you find a vet?” or “What’s the current condition of the grassland?” It is the livestock farmers, veterinarians and community animal health workers themselves who feed this system with firsthand information.
  • In urban areas, we support every link in the milk chain. As a result, Nigers no longer needs to buy imported powdered milk, but can enjoy delicious, safe, local milk products.

Local partners

Centre d’Etudes Economiques et Sociales de l’Afrique de l’Ouest – Pôle Régional Niger (CESAO-PRN): a research institute supporting Sahel farmers with education, communication tools and practical advice.

Karkara: focuses on vulnerable populations affected by food insecurity or famine.

Contact

Issaka Dan Dano
Country representative Niger (Niamey)
niger@vsf-belgium.org

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