Peri-urban Agriculture: The Case of Market Gardening in Niamey, Niger

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  • Peri-urban Agriculture: The Case of Market Gardening in Niamey, Niger

      Ludovic Andres and Philippe Lebailly

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    Pub: 2017-12-17 13:29:54

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  • A study was carried out in Niamey (capital city of Niger) to explore the market gardening periurban system. This activity is an option to minimize the risk of urban food insecurity in the  Republic  of  Niger.  In  Niamey,  you  have  two  traditional  areas  to  practise  the  market gardening production: Gamkalle and Yantala. The investigations study the area of Gamkalle. This study revealed more than 600 market gardening producers in Gamkalle. 50 producers of Gamkalle have been interviewed. These producers predominantly belong to the ethnic group “Zarma”  and  market  gardening  is  their  main  economic  activity.  The  principal  period  of production is during the dry season, the producers cultivate lettuce, cabbage, tomato, sweet pepper,  beetroot,  celery,  carrot,  parsley.  Despite  the  higher  costs  notably  in  particular  for input,  the  incomes  generated  by  this  activity  are  very  high  ($  2805.23/year/acre).  In conclusion,  market  gardening  presents  an  opportunity  for  urban  dwellers  to  increase  and diversify their incomes and obtain food security. Nevertheless, there are  many constraints to develop this production: land tenure security, pollution by industrial production and access to quality seeds, pesticides and fertilizers.

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  • Keywords

    Agriculture, Market gardening, food, land


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