Since a similar learning center has been envisioned for the affected Kandadji dam population, the attendees on the field trip were especially interested in transferrable activities and the functioning of the center. With its several layers of production and the three components of the water-energy-food Nexus working in harmony, it provides an illustration of a truly sustainable, integrated system, that could be a prime example for a similar model in the Niger basin region. Having an excellent record of training entrepreneurs in building sound agricultural businesses, the center also represents a viable way to combat the problems that are due to arise with the dislocation in the Kandadji dam, such as unemployment, rural exodus and food insecurity.
In summary, the stakeholders on the field trip were impressed by the exemplary potential with regards to food security that was displayed in the Songhai center. They took several lessons and recommendations home with them for the implementation of such a center in the Kandadji region. These include:
- The necessity to organize a restitution and fundraising workshop involving all stakeholders
- The importance to raise awareness among the population in general and young people in particular
- Set a focus on practical training for learners and professional development for professionals
- The need to identify potential Technical and Financial Partners (e.g. funding for the construction of the center)
- Work in collaboration with UN-Niger in the process of realizing the Kandadji Learning Centre for Agricultural, Livestock and Processing Techniques
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