Niger is a country regularly affected by natural shocks, especially droughts, which often unchain a series of negative effects as crop losses, price instability, conflicts related to land access. In terms of natural disasters, epidemics and floods are the most frequent, but droughts affect larger shares of the population. Locusts are a constant threat for Niger and their neighbouring countries. Crops pests like grasshoppers and livestock diseases like Sheep and goat pox are also frequent and highly damaging. Prices experience significant seasonal variations, e.g. millet prices rising after the end of harvest in January and peaking in July –August.
Parm Phases Status
PAGRA Validation Workshop, June 2014
A National Stakeholder workshop, led by the World Bank with active participation of PARM (Interim Secretariat) and NEPAD, was held in Niamey from 10-11 June 2014 bringing together hundred decision makers and experts from the public and private sector engaged in agriculture 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 road map, 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
Setting-up Mission, December 2014
The newly appointed PARM Secretariat jointly with NEPAD organised its first joint mission to Niger from 9-12 December 2014 to follow-up on the PAGRA Validation Workshop, to build synergies and re-launch activities in the country.
The Commissioner Mr. Allahouri Amadou from the Haut Commissariat à l’Initiative 3N (HC3N) received the PARM-NEPAD mission and expressed the interest in aligning PARM support to the 2016-2020 National Investment Plan formulation and with PAGRA, and agreed to elaborate a roadmap including PARM activities in view of identifying tools for the next investment plan 2016-2020.
The HC3N with the support of PARM and NEPAD has identified gaps to complete the World Bank analysis on agricultural risk management undertaken in 2014 and that will be covered in the planned PARM Risk Assessment Study. In particular the focus is on smallholders with three specific risk management axes:
- access to financial services and credit
- access to markets
- integrated / accessible information system
During the mission, the PARM team and NEPAD met with different country stakeholders and potential partners and service providers in order to support PARM studies and capacity development plan and to develop a country network and improve synergies and knowledge sharing in the country.
Road Map Validation, January 2015
PARM Road Map was developed and validated by the Haut Commissariat à l’Initiative 3N (HC3N) during the setting-up mission in January 2015.
Development of the Terms of Reference for the Risk Assessment Study, February 2014
The Terms of Reference for the Risk Assessment were developed and validated by HC3N.
Risk Assessment Study Kick-off, May 2015
The Institut de Recherches et d’Applications des Méthodes de développement (IRAM) was identified and recruited to undertake the Risk Assessment study in Niger in collaboration with local experts.
Risk Assessment Workshop and Capacity Development Seminar, 9-10 December 2015
A Capacity Development Training was held on December 9, 2015 in Niamey in collaboration with Agrhyment, NEPAD and HC3N to provide trainees with capacity to understand the holistic approach to analyze and manage the main agriculture risks affecting smallholders.
Also, a National Stakeholder Workshop was held on December 10, 2015 in Niamey in collaboration with NEPAD and HC3N. The objective of the workshop was to present and discuss the Draft Risk Assessment Study and identify priorities on risks and tools.
Follow-up on Risk Assessment study (RAS), February 2016
The first draft of the study was presented in December 2015 during the national stakeholder workshop, which resulted in additional inputs to integrate into the study. To address the gaps, a team of experts recruited by PARM to carry out the study, traveled in February 2016 to Niger and met with the government, stakeholders and experts to complete the complementary risk assessment study (RAS) on information, access to market and to finance. The RAS study has been finalized in June 2016 and submitted to the HC3N for final validation.
Kick-off of Tools Assessment Phase, September 2016
Discussions have already commenced with HC3N to define the agriculture risk management tools analysis supported by the additional studies funded by PARM.
Kick-off of the Feasibility Studies, September 2017
The selection of the experts that will conduct the feasibility studies on the warehouse & contract farming as well as on access to Information has been finalized; the studies will be completed by December 2017. Both studies are conducted respectively by the consulting firms: CIRAD-IRAM and SBC4D.
Capacity Development Plan, September 2017
Given the positive partnership built on the organization of the first capacity development seminar, PARM and AGRHYMET agreed to foster their collaboration through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that includes PARM support to training activities on ARM organized by AGRHYMET, with a regional dimension during 2018. The MoU is currently drafted and it is following the IFAD procedures to be finalized.
- 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)