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PHOTO BLOG: Vegetable gardens in Niger

Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 2 May 2012 10:00 GMT
Author: Oxfam
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In the community of Banibangou village in Niger, Oxfam and its local partner Karkara are helping local people to better cope with the effects of drought, erratic rains, insects infestation and high food prices and other problems.


Gardeners take water from the well to water their vegetables.

Water supply is steadier after a borehole was made, and the communities, especially women, have been able to invest more efficiently in gardening for their own consumption and for sale on the local market.

A solar pump has also helped to improve harvests.

Mariama Kada watering her vegetable garden/Mariama Kada carries water to her garden.

Mariama Kada waters her garden.

Communities have received seeds and fertilizer. After the first harvest they are planning to invest some of their profits to build a seed and fertilizer bank in order to renew the production of pepper, potato, onion, salad and other nutrient-rich vegetables.

Adiza Hama, 30, mother of two, washes the lettuce for dinner/Adiza Hama washes the lettuce for dinner.

Maka Djibo, 56, president of the women's group, tends to her oinions/Maka Djibo, president of the women's group, works in her garden.

The families are able to enrich their diet to prevent malnutrition and support their livelihoods. In times of crisis, when the cereal reserve is low or depleted early, dike this year, gardening acts as a buffer until the main cereal harvest expected in October.

This means that families are able to diversify their diet to prevent malnutrition and support their livelihoods.

Mamou Zada, 35, mother of two and Zenabou Soumana, 30, mother of five, harvest their cabbage. The cabbage will be dried and saved to feed their families/Mamou Zada and Zenabou Soumana harvest cabbage. It will be dried and stored to feed their families.

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