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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Livelihood and reconstruction» 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.

Not only do conflicts and natural disasters claim many victims, they also destroy houses, streets, schools, water supply systems or hospitals. Harvests fail and agriculture, small businesses and markets come to a standstill. This is why it is so important for initial emergency relief to be followed immediately by the rapid and sustainable reconstruction of vital infrastructure and economic bases so that people can again live independently and earn their livelihood. The affected people receive support in the form of training courses, building materials, seeds and tools.