The final workshop of the project “Improving agricultural production in 5 groups, composed of women of the Commune I of Niamey” took place in the head office of NGO RESEDA. The main objective of this workshop was to improve the resilience against food insecurity of women and their families in the Commune I of Niamey (Niger).
This meeting had the participation of Rita Santos -the AECID (Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation) coordinator in Niger-, the delegate of CONEMUND and the NGO RESEDA president. In addition, they were also present the mayor of the Commune I and the administrative authorities of the commune, the traditional chiefs of the 5 villages and the women benefiting from the project.
The incomes and food security in 135 households of the 5 groups of the Commune I of Niamey have improved through the training sessions, the consolidation of production units, the marketing of their products and the implementation of cereal banks.
During two years, they have made different activities. The results of this workshop are under evaluation but they presented a provisional summary at the ceremony. Among these activities, living in community and literacy were the most appreciated by women because they have helped them to create new capacities, to reduce their vulnerabilities and to improve their quality of life.
The project has built three cereal banks that have been provided with cereals. The management committees have sold them at a moderate price. This fact has allowed to the households benefiting from the project to face difficult periods of famine.
The women present at the closing ceremony (5 people of each group) have expressed their satisfaction with the development and the achievements of the project. One of them said: “We are committed to continue the development of the activities to ensure the sustainability of what we made”.