Study on the experience of agricultural advisory services in the new (Kandadji, Famalé and Gabou) and former (Namardé Goungou and Konni) irrigated schemes in Niger
In Niger, the National Office for Irrigation Schemes (ONAHA) sought GWI's support to examine how to improve smallholders’ performance in irrigated schemes. In order to improve agricultural advisory services, this study was conducted through a diagnosis of six schemes (Konni 1, Konni 2, Namardé Goungou, Famalé, Gabou and Kandadji) in order to identify the strengths and weaknesses in the implementation of agricultural advice and water management depending on the age (old, new) and the types of production (rice cultivation, polyculture) of the schemes. The study also assesses the lessons learned from the GWI-led process of strengthening guidance in other countries in the region (Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal).
The analysis of the mechanism and the content of the agricultural advisory services on the schemes shows a deficiency in terms of covering the needs of the farmers since the management of the schemes was transferred to the cooperatives. This study proposes guidelines to strenghthen the performance of the scheme, and recommendations to all stakeholders (ONAHA, cooperatives, government and partners) in order to operationalize it.
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