West Africa: Niger Shows How WFP and Partners Can Transform Lives in Africa's Harsh Sahel

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Niger Shows How WFP and Partners Can Transform Lives in Africa's Harsh Sahel: WestAfrica

It's not even noon in Satara, a remote village in Niger's southwestern Tillaberi region, and the thermometer is already hovering near 40 degrees Celsius. The unpaved road to the village is bumpy and sandy. For people living here, however, the path and the intense heat are part of daily life.

Foureyratou is among thousands of farmers benefitting from the World Food Programme's Integrated Resilience Programme, launched nearly a decade ago in Niger and four other Sahel countries . "Turning around these numbers requires not only short-term actions but, above all, actors coming together to implement more sustainable and transformative solutions at an impactful scale," says WFP Niger Country Director Jean-Noel Gentile."Through our integrated resilience projects, WFP with the government and partners are together empowering vulnerable populations to have the tools they need to thrive.

Foureyratou is now a proud member of a village market cooperative that sells the garden's surplus - beyond what members keep to feed their families - in the local market. Profits are plowed back into village-level investments to improve land productivity. It's just one of many examples where WFP is better linking farmers to markets, expanding their profits and overall food access.

 

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