QRCS, FAO Pursue Food Security in Niger

Doha, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have recently signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) to continue their joint humanitarian efforts going on in Niger since 2012.

The MoU seeks to enhance agricultural activities in Niger during the 2016-2017 season, by providing farmers in deprived areas with improved seeds, guidance, and technical support.

A QRCS specialist group would supervise and advise the beneficiaries, in coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture and local authorities.

A total of 4,100 kg of vegetable seeds would be distributed in 193 towns of 14 municipalities. The species covered include cabbage, lettuce, carrot, tomato, and corn.

In preparation, a course was held for agricultural technicians and volunteers on the project’s action plan and beneficiary selection criteria.

Niger is one of Africa’s poorest countries hit by climatic change, with years of food crises due to rainfall scarcity, to be added to the ineffective traditional techniques of agriculture.

The country hosts thousands of Malian refugees, who fled the violence in their home country to settle in the Tillaberi and Tahoua border regions.

Working there since 2011, QRCS operates primary health care centers at refugee camps, in cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Source: Qatar News Agency