At the centre of the West African steppe, Niger is a vast territory, most of it desert, exposed to droughts of the Sahel region. Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world. Its economy is based on crop and livestock farming. One third of the population has no access to drinking water and 90% has no basic sanitation. The vast majority of the country's inhabitants live in rural areas and are not connected to the electricity grid. Having no access to modern energies, women are forced to rely on just two sources of energy: their own physical strength and wood energy. These sources are clearly too limited to meet the need for productivity in daily activities. Growing demand for wood and farmland is causing deforestation: in 20 years, the forest has lost one third of its area.
GERES intervention in Niger
GERES has been working in Niger since 2004 to improve access to energy in rural areas, mainly through developing post-harvest millet processing activities. This cereal is the main food crop and staple food in the countryside. There is virtually no mechanization of cropping or processing, so manual millet threshing represents an arduous daily task mainly undertaken by women. GERES activities focus on Dosso region with the aim of organizing a mechanized millet threshing service.
GERES projects in Niger:
Country Manager: Géraldine Pallière
Phone Number: + 229 22 13 01 12