FUMA Gaskiya FRN: Research by a farmers' organization

This solution addresses food insecurity, income and resilience. in the Maradi region of Niger for farmers and their communities

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Problem Description

Food security is a challenge throughout Niger, including the Maradi region, and can vary widely throughout the year, between families and even within the family. Access to food at affordable prices can be limited by low yields due to factors such as: limited access to fertilizer and transportation, poor soil management practices, insufficient system diversification, highly variable rainfall and frequent dry spells during the growing season. In women’s fields, yields are often lower than in men’s fields due to the same situation, in addition to women's limited time to devote to agricultural activities due to their responsibilities for the family and for food preparation. In addition, food security can be adversely affected by cross-border trading practices which enable wealthy traders to buy produce when prices are low and to resell later in the year at a profit, making food prices climb. Recent projects therefore focus on family welfare, including women’s production systems.

Building Blocks


The project on the productivity of women's fields has much to teach us about Farmer Research Networks and their potential to generate relevant, applicable research, to engage farmers in creating new knowledge (even the more marginalized farmers), and ultimately to empower farmers and researchers to improve agro-ecological practices and rural livelihoods. The use of local resources such as wood-ash and sanitized urine as fertilizer has led to increases in productivity and better grain quality; and partial weeding in early crop stages reduces the work load and enhances soil organic matter. In addition, this approach can contribute to a sense of self-confidence and empowerment among women (and men), as they experience positive results and learning through the projects and improved family welfare.

Sustainable Development Goals

On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. This solution covers the following goals:

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Organisations Involved

Contributed By

  • Bettina Haussmann, Univ. Hohenheim, Stuttgart
  • Ali Maman Aminou, FUMA Gaskiya

Solution Stage

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Developing and testing3
Mix of design and implementation skills
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Service, product and process design
  • Co-design
  • User-design
  • Light-touch evaluation
  • Cost-benefit modelling
  • Randomised control trials
  • High failure rate should be an explicit expectation
  • Visible senior leadership essential
  • Grants, convertible grants/loans
A stronger case with cost and benefit projections developed through practical trials and experiments, involving potential users
Demonstration that the idea works, or evidence to support a reworking of the idea

Key Details

Sustainable Development Goals
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