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Published on 04/10/2017

Support for securing access to land in irrigation schemes in Niger

Demographic pressure, depletion of available natural resources for agricultural activity,  informal land management in irrigation schemes and the status of people working within them have become sources of insecurity in Niger.

These are the reasons that led the National office of hydro-agricultural development (Onaha), with support from the Global Water Initiative (GWI), to engage in a process in 2014 aimed at experimenting, formalising and subsequently generalising an approach for securing existing and future irrigation schemes. This land securing operation will make it possible to ensure the sustainability of investments made by the Nigerien State to increase agricultural production and fight against food insecurity.

An initial legal study made it possible to clarify the stages of the process to obtain a land deed in the name of the State, before a pilot operation is launched in the Namardé-Goungou irrigation scheme (Tillabéry region in the south-west of Niger), to test it in the field in the context of socio-land realities. Capitalisation was conducted on this experience and led to the production of a methodological guide, drawn up by GRET in partnership with the various stakeholders involved (Onaha, GWIInternational Institute for Environment and DevelopmentInternational Union for Conservation of Nature). Intended first and foremost for Onaha and the Directorate general of Rural Engineering in Niger, this guide provides a variety of tools and guidelines (educational factsheets, feedback on experience, diagrams, etc.) to facilitate the implementation and generalisation of land-securing operations in Niger.

Download (in French) the « Guide pour la sécurisation foncière des aménagements hydroagricoles du Niger »

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