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Market study for the financing of small-scale private irrigation in Niger

2 November 2022

Market study for the financing of small-scale private irrigation in Niger

This summer, the International Finance Corporation commissioned SalvaTerra to carry out a market study for the financing of small-scale private irrigation in Niger. The work was carried out in partnership with Horus Développement Finance and the Bureau nigérien d'ingénierie et de conseil (BNIC)...

With temperatures rising 1.5 times faster than the global average, maximum temperatures exceeding 45 degrees Celsius, limited, decreasing and unpredictable rainfall, and an increase in multi-year droughts, Niger is on the frontline of climate change. However, the country has an irrigable potential of more than 10 million hectares, more than half of which is compatible with small-scale private irrigation, especially for vegetable production. The lack of accessible financial solutions, however, is a brake on investment for producers, and limits their ability to modernize their irrigation systems, which generally remain very artisanal (see photos)

SalvaTerra’s expertise was initially mobilized to study the existing and potential demand for irrigation solutions: identification of production and marketing methods of key crops, characterization of existing business models and actors for irrigation equipment, and evaluation of the costs and benefits of available irrigation technologies. In a second step, it was a question of analyzing the demand for potential by assessing the perceptions of farmers, equipment suppliers and other stakeholders on the different irrigation technologies, as well as their financial capacities and their conditions of access to finance.


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