Niger - Project to Strengthen Resilience of Rural Communities to Food and Nutrition Insecurity in Niger (PRECIS)


Project Summary

Approval Date 30 Oct 2020
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2025
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2025
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 25,859,000
Status Approved

Project General Description

The Project to Strengthen Resilience of Rural Communities to Food and Nutrition Insecurity in Niger (PRECIS) is an investment operation that is in line with a programmatic approach co-financed from various resources including those of TSF, OFID, GEF, GCF and IFAD. PRECIS is also in line with the foundations of the 3N (Nigeriens Nourish Nigeriens) Initiative, which aims to protect the people of Niger from hunger and malnutrition, in the long term, and to create conditions enabling them to participate fully in national production and improve their income. It will support small-scale producers by removing production and marketing constraints in the cereal, market gardening, poultry and small livestock production sub-sectors, through two technical components that will have the following effects: (i) diversify production, increase yields and the capacity to adapt to external shocks, particularly climatic shocks, as well as improve the nutrition security of rural producers (including women and young people);and (ii) enhance the value of agro-sylvo-pastoral production surpluses through increased marketing on semi-whole sale markets and the promotion of agricultural entrepreneurship with sustainable integration into the local, regional and national economy. The overall programme will be implemented over a six-year period for a total sum of UA 147.80 million (Bank financing will cover a five-year period). The Bank's contribution to the project financing will amount to UA 25.859 million, provided in the form of a grant from the Transition Support Facility (TSF). More specifically, the Bank's financing will be earmarked for the "water harnessing" and "agricultural entrepreneurship" components and will be incorporated into the operational mechanism of the IFAD-funded Family Farming Development Programme (ProDAF), which will be strengthened. In the context of the response to post-COVID-19, the project plans to carry out a short-and medium-term emergency programme to help people affected by the disease who were obliged to deplete their stocks and savings. This operation will restore the productive base of farmers in the project area who have been severely hit by the pandemic.

Project Objectives

The overall objective of PRECIS is to sustainably improve the food and nutrition security of rural households and strengthen their resilience to climate shocks and natural resource degradation. The specific development objectives of the project are to increase rural household incomes, improve livelihoods and lives, and the socio-economic integration of young people (men and women) into productive rural occupations.

Beneficiaries

In its entirety, PRECIS covers 186 municipalities located in the regions of Tahoua, Maradi and Zinder and will directly affect nearly 210,000 households, or approximately 1,470,000 people. The population of the neighbouring areas should also benefit indirectly from the momentum created by the Economic Development Pole (PDE) approach. The main achievements expected from PRECIS include: (i) increased income for some 210,000 households, or approximately 1,470,000 persons; (ii) the building of 117 water harnessing structures; (iii) the creation/strengthening of 30,040 Rural Young Enterprises (RYEs), including at least 30% owned by women; (iv) direct support for 35,000 households in the form of nutrition education,benefiting 245,000 persons; (v) the opening of 660 literacy centres to build the capacity of 33,000 household members; (vi) the strengthening/consolidation of 2,080 producer organisations/groups to improve their technical and management capacity; (vii) the creation/consolidation of approximately 45,060 direct jobs in rural areas; (viii) the training of at least 33,000 beneficiaries in the various themes related to climate change adaptation and the management and promotion of micro-enterprises;(ix) the construction of 9 semi-whole sale markets and 18 operational collection centres; (x) the setting up of 10 operational farmers' houses offering input and production equipment supply services to family farmers; (xi) the rehabilitation of 348 km of roads linking production areas to collection centres and semi-whole sale markets; and (xii) enhancement, in the short and long term, ofthe resilience of communities inthe target areas enabling them to cope with the effects of COVID-19 and other natural and health shocks in the future.

Participating Organization

Funding
Fragile States Facility
Implementing
MINISTERE DE L'AGRICULRURE ET DE L'ENVIRONNEMENT DIRECTION DE L'AMENAGEMENT

Information

IATI identifier 46002-P-NE-A00-009
Last Update 22 Nov 2020

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Contact Details

Name CHEIKH ABDALLAHI Cheibany Moustapha
Email c.abdallahi@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Niger