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Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Advocacy» in Niger

The people of the West African Sahel country of Niger face frequent droughts and famine. They suffer from food shortages, chronic malnutrition and epidemics. In the UN Human Development Index, Niger shares ranks second to last. HEKS/EPER has been working in Niger since the great drought of the 1970s and, together with local partner organizations, is improving food security, access to land and the preservation of natural resources. Over the long term, development projects are leading to improved living conditions and supporting beneficiaries in better preparing themselves for future droughts. HEKS/EPER and its partners supply humanitarian aid during acute food crises.

HEKS/EPER in Niger

Facts

In 2019, HEKS/EPER secured collective access for 45’000 people to 1033 hectares of land to be used for agricultural production or as livestock corridors. Of the 13’000 smallholders supported, 84 per cent were able to boost their income – owing to better production techniques and yields. Some 8800 families are benefiting from five new watering places that can cater for about 25,000 animals.

The work of HEKS/EPER revolves around socially disadvantaged people. These include asylum seekers and refugees, sans-papiers (undocumented persons) as well as people on low incomes and those facing discrimination. They are all especially at risk of seeing their rights violated or of social exclusion. HEKS/EPER advocates on their behalf and strives to support them in exercising their rights and improving their lot. HEKS/EPER works actively to secure Switzerland's protection for people who would be in danger if they returned to their country of origin or to a third country, whether for medical reasons, owing to violence and war, the lack of a social security network or because of deliberate persecution.