Multi-purpose cemented wells serving rural women in Niger

 

Access to water and its integrated management are among the priorities of the Niger government. In the framework of the Climate Resilience for Sustainable Agricultural Development support project (PARC DAD) implemented in Niger through the GCCA+, the construction of village wells has improved the living conditions of the population in general and of women in particular.

Thanks to European Union funding, Eau Vive and its local partners have built six wells in the Dogondoutchi department, providing benefits for 8,916 inhabitants. These wells have four uses:

Water supply for the local population

Women
©Bachir Abdou, facilitator, GCCA+/EU

The construction of these multi-use wells has significantly improved conditions for the population in general, and for women in particular. Water is available in each village and women no longer have to travel miles to fetch it, thus saving precious time for other activities (domestic activities, farming, etc.).

 

 

 

 

Market gardening around wells

The construction of village wells has significantly improved food and nutritional security while building resilience in the face of climate change. The women, organised in groups, grow vegetables, feeding their families and selling part of the harvest to meet their needs.

garden
©Bachir Abdou, facilitator, GCCA+/EU

Watering of animals

The wells built by the project have been well received by the communities. Indeed, as well as providing water for the populations, there is also plenty of water for animals. The Peulhs and the indigenous population are able to give their animals water, and thus limit conflicts that might have arisen around the use of water.

Production of seedlings for reforestation

Women
©Aboubacar Saadou, assistant; GCCA+/EU

To combat the adverse effects of climate change, the project has trained women to grow seedlings near wells for the regreening of agro-pastoral areas. The species include forest products with high nutritional value, such as Moringa and Baobab, which help improve the food and nutritional security of the communities.