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The Diffa region to the far south-east of Niger is one of the areas most affected by cycles of drought, characterized especially by dune encroachment, increased silting in agricultural and stock breeding areas and a steady deterioration of the natural environment.
In order to preserve and improve the organization of agricultural and pastoral activities in the Diffa region, Niger authorities sought African Development Bank support for an agro-pastoral development study for the Diffa region in the early 2000s. This study, through a participatory approach, formed the basis for the design of the Diffa Region Local Development Support Project (PADL-Diffa), which aims to contribute to food security and poverty reduction by improving the conditions of livestock production and increasing agricultural output in the Diffa Region on a sustainable basis. This project, whose implementation was planned over six years, was approved in October 2003, with an ADF loan of USD 23.3 million.
The project recorded significant results in various areas:
The project throughout its implementation period was carefully monitored to assess its impacts:
PADL-Diffa can be considered a catalyst project in the area of intervention, in terms of socio-economic development. With 6,000 ha of developed land with total or partial water control, and the specific attention given to pastoral activities, the project generated value in the quest for food security and increased incomes.
Its actions in the control of desertification and protection of basins are a valuable contribution to climate change adaptation.
Promotion of gender equality and support for the decentralization process have enabled local actors to build their knowledge and discharge their duties in a very practical manner. Finally, through a participatory inclusive approach, PADL-Diffa contributed to preserving the region's productive capital, its fight against poverty and to boost the local economy.
The project could be considered a showcase of fruitful partnership between the African Development Bank and its Regional Member Countries.