Niger is a country regularly affected by natural shocks, especially droughts with often unchained series of negative effects such as crop losses, price instability, conflicts related to access to land. In terms of natural disasters, epidemics and floods are the most frequent, but droughts affect larger shares of the population. Locust attacks, together with other crop and livestock pests and diseases such as grasshoppers and sheep/goat pox are frequent with highly damaging impacts. The country also experiences significant seasonal price variations, e.g. millet price rises after the end of harvest in January and peaks up in July –August.
Parm Phases Status
June 2014 - PAGRA Validation Workshop
A National Stakeholder workshop, led by the World Bank with the active participation of PARM (Interim Secretariat) and NEPAD, was held in Niamey on 10-11 June 2014. The workshop brought together decision-makers and experts from the public and private sector to engage and discuss agricultural risk and in risk management in Niger.
The outcome of the workshop was to contribute to the improvement of the Plan d’Action pour la Gestion des Risques Agricoles (PAGRA), identifying priorities and develop a country roadmap, with the emphasis on introducing and developing further the following themes:
- irrigation systems
- improvement of storage techniques
- warehouse receipt studies
- institutional reform
- linkages between agriculture and Niger market
- sharing national and international experiences
December 2014 - Setting-up Mission
The newly appointed PARM Secretariat in collaboration with NEPAD organised its first mission to Niger on 9-12 December 2014 to follow-up on the PAGRA Validation Workshop, to build synergies and to re-launch PARM’s activities in the country.
Mr. Allahouri Amadou, the Commissioner from Haut Commissariat à l’Initiative 3N (HC3N) welcomed the PARM-NEPAD mission and expressed Niger’s interest in aligning PARM activities to the country’s 2016-2020 National Investment Plan and the PAGRA strategic formulation. The Honourable Commissioner also agreed to develop a roadmap for HC3N to include PARM’s activities in view of identifying tools for the next investment plan 2016-2020.
In addition, the HC3N with the support of PARM and NEPAD initiated a follow-up study to identify gaps in the initial World Bank agricultural sector risk assessment for Niger 2014. In particular, the follow-up study focused on smallholders in three specific risk management axes:
- access to financial services and credit
- access to markets
- integrated / accessible information system
January 2015 - Road Map Validation
PARM Road Map was developed and validated by the Haut Commissariat à l’Initiative 3N (HC3N) during the setting-up mission in January 2015.
February 2015 - TOR for Risk Assessment Study (RAS)
PARM collaborated with the Niger HC3N to develop and validate the Terms of Reference (TOR) for RAS in Niger.
May 2015 - Risk Assessment Study (RAS) Kick-off
The Institut de Recherches et d’Applications des Méthodes de développement (IRAM) was identified and contracted to conduct the Risk Assessment Study in Niger.
9-10 December 2015 - Capacity Development Seminar & Risk Assessment Workshop
December 2015, PARM organized a Capacity Development Training in Niamey in collaboration with Agrhyment, NEPAD, and HC3N. The training aimed to increase local stakeholders’ capacity to understand the holistic approach to analyzing and managing the main agriculture risks affecting smallholder farmers.
December 10, 2015, PARM held National Stakeholder Workshop in Niamey in collaboration with NEPAD and HC3N. The objective of the workshop was to present and discuss the drafted Risk Assessment Study and identify priority agricultural risks and tools.
February 2016 - Follow-up on Risk Assessment Study (RAS)
December 2015, the first draft of the RAS was presented during the national stakeholder workshop, which resulted in additional inputs for integration.
February 2016, IRAM met with the Government of Niger, stakeholders, and local experts to address any gaps in the follow-up study on information systems, access to market and access to finance.
June 2016 - Finalization and Publication of the RAS for Niger
June 2016, the RAS was finalized and submitted to the HC3N for validation, leading to the final publication of the RAS by the PARM.
October 2016, PARM developed a snapshot of the country risk profile for Niger.
September 2016 - Kick-off Tools Assessment Phase
Discussions commenced with HC3N to define the agriculture risk management tools analysis supported by the additional studies funded by PARM.
September 2017 - Kick-off the Feasibility Studies
Experts (CIRAD-IRAM and SBC4D) were identified to conduct feasibility studies, respectively, on warehouse and contract farming systems as well as on access to information. Both studies were expected to be completed by December 2017.
September 2017 - Capacity Development Plan
PARM and AGRHYMET agreed to foster their collaboration through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalize PARM’s support for regional training activities on ARM.
April 2018 - Capacity Development Training
PARM and AGRHYMET organized the first partnered regional capacity building training event on ARM (CD2). The training took place in Niamey. It hosted participants from both PARM and non-PARM countries across the Sahel region; Senegal, Cameroon, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Togo, and Mauritania.
June 2018 - Validation Meeting of the Feasibility Studies
A technical meeting was organized by the HC3N in collaboration with PARM, gathering several technical and financial partners, to validate the feasibility studies on access to information and on the warehouse & contract farming.
- Agricultural Risk Assessment Study in Niger - Full Report (FR) Agricultural Risk Assessment Study in Niger - Full Report (FR)
- Agricultural Risk Profile in Niger - Factsheet (EN) Agricultural Risk Profile in Niger - Factsheet (EN)
- Information Systems for Agricultural Risk Management in Niger - Policy Brief (EN) Information Systems for Agricultural Risk Management in Niger - Policy Brief (EN)