Agroforestry in the Téra Department

Even though the Téra department is relatively close to the country's capital Niamey, the region is largely isolated. Due to a rapid growth of the population over the past years there have been repeated hunger crises. The soil has been cleared and is drained and eroded due to depletion.  

Agricultural Techniques

Combined techniques of cultivation and use – successfully applied in other parts of the country – are unknown in the department of Téra. Trainings and interchange trips to neighboring regions are now sensitizing the people to techniques of erosion control, recuperation of crusted soil, reforestation, extension of irrigated cultivation, biodiversity and alternate sources of income. The basic values of equality, gender equality, involvement of the population and sustainable management are very important to the project coordinators. 

“Drivers of change”

The pilot group consists of about 400 people and their families who are part of this enterprise and will pass on their knowledge throughout the region.

The Project

CountryNiger
PartnerEIRENE Internationaler Christlicher Friedensdienst e.V.
Target group

400 famers and their families who will work as disseminators or so-called “drivers of change” and are applying, demonstrating and spreading new agroforestry methods

The Comparison

NigerGermany
Expectancy of life57 Years80,7 Years
Childhood mortality under the age of 5
per 1,000 live births
1134
Literacy rate of adults older than 1515 %n.s.
Population density (persons per km²)14234,6

Source: World Bank Development Indicators as of June 2013

Project Development

29.10.2014: Foundation Board Concedes Future Support For Model Project in Téra

The Foundation Board concedes the continued funding of the model project in Téra. With the support of local partner ADROC, about 150 local families will be in charge of planting and cultivating the trees as well as constructing installations to prevent erosion. The project participants serve as disseminators and share their knowledge. Agroforestry improves the soil quality. The trees provide forage, fertilizer, wood and fruit. The microclimate can improve when the right trees are planted. The project participants perceive the improved soil quality and the chance to obtain higher incomes with the sale of harvested products as an opportunity to secure their families’ nutrition.