Sub-Saharan Africa is home to nearly 1 billion people, the majority of whom (about 60% on average) live in rural areas. Although poverty is not only a rural phenomenon, people living in rural areas are more likely to be poor than those living in big cities.
In Niger, the agricultural sector employs the majority of the working population (up to 90%). But with the advancing desert and recurrent drought coupled with low rainfall, Niger's soil is struggling to meet the primary and crucial needs of the population. In addition, there is the prevalence of attacks by crop pests, poor access to quality inputs, a dysfunctional input supply chain, and poor promotion of millet-based products and traditional production techniques. Among all these challenges, wastage of seeds during sowing is adding to production costs.
In its various agribusiness development efforts, the 2SCALE program has placed emphasis on improving the agricultural productivity of small-scale farmers. Soil fertility and plant nutrition management is a basic component in sustainable agricultural intensification efforts. Therefore, the extension of innovative solutions that reduce the burden on producers is needed. The ambition of 2SCALE is to develop inclusive agribusiness arrangements that enable farmers to sustain their activities, innovate and remain competitive in national and regional markets. These innovation schemes are based on inclusive opportunities for participation and fair rewards for the effort and performance of small-scale producers as well as other actors in a given value chain.
The 2SCALE program, through its Mooriben partnership on the production and promotion of Chakti millet in Niger, has introduced within the different agribusiness clusters (ABCs), an innovative locally created solution to fight against seed wastage which is affordable and safe for consumption. DOUMIZE KOULI-KOULI, in Zarma language: it is a ball of seed and ashes which comes to answer the needs of the producers of millet. 2SCALEfacilitated its popularization through training sessions in room and a campaign of sensitization and practice on the production plots.