Dag-Inge Ulstein, the Norwegian Minister of International Development, announced in a press release that Norway has signed an agreement of NOK100 million (US$12 million) to strengthen food security in Niger, a partner country to Norway in the Sahel, an African region which is known for especially contending with conflicts, poverty, climate change, and population growth.
The new agreement follows Norway's new strategy for the Sahel region, which focuses on supporting civil society and continuing previous work on improving governance in the Sahel countries.
The Norwegian funding to Niger will go to a collaborative project together with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and CARE Norway. The project will run for five years and ensure that over 280,000 people in communities with low resilience to the climate crisis are offered better and healthier food. The project will also help create jobs in Niger.
With the support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NMBU, CARE Norway, and the National Agricultural Research Institute of Niger (INRAN) will work together on solutions regarding how the agriculture sector in Niger can ensure sufficient nutritious food. The aim is to support farmers in adapting their food production to climate change, as well as increase the revenue from small-scale agriculture. It is estimated that 40,000 households will be reached by 2026. Another important aspect of the project is to ensure entrepreneurship training for women and the younger generations in Niger.
Press release – The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Norwegian)