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Empowering Women with the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus Approach in Kollo, Niger
Vulnerability of rainfed agriculture
Amina and her colleagues in the women’s cooperative cultivate vegetable gardens on about 1.2 ha of land. Their lives have long been impacted by climate change.
Traditionally, the cooperative practiced rainfed agriculture and grew crops during the rainy season, using a petrol pump for irrigation in the dry season. However, prolonged dry periods meant that it became too expensive to cultivate crops.
“We have been running this garden for 30 years and have put a lot of hard work into it. We always stored rainwater to irrigate the fields, but without a permanent supply, the water wasn’t enough to sustain us,” explains Amina. As a result, her cooperative depends on irrigation canals from nearby rice farmers, often leading to tension. Sharing a single water source can indeed cause conflicts – an aspect that often remains invisible.
The Nexus Regional Dialogue in the Niger Basin
A step towards independence
The new irrigation system consists of solar-powered pumps and several retention basins to store the water. It reliably supplies water by avoiding the over-exploitation of groundwater resources. The women have taken a major step towards food self-sufficiency, using renewable solar energy while increasing their climate resilience in the dry summer months.
German development cooperation and the EU also offered training on agricultural techniques, the sustainable management of water resources, and the maintenance and monitoring of the irrigation system to help the women gain ownership and independence: “We have all benefitted from training. Today, we are a source of pride in the eyes of the community. Before we were holding out for water, now we are giving it,” says Amina.