In Dosso, about 300 km from Niamey, the main activity of the Guidan Gaba women's cooperative revolves around the production and processing of groundnuts. The group has about 122 hectares dedicated solely to the production of groundnuts. The cultivation of groundnuts in these areas is very traditional, and has been passed down from generation to generation. Cultivation practices have changed little. However, with the support of Aïnoma and 2SCALE, habits are beginning to change, and this is more visible in the yields. Depending on the rainy season, harvest that used to be 608 kg per hectare can now range from 715kg to 813 kg per hectare.
For the women of the Guidan Gaba cooperative, groundnuts represent many things.
Salamatou Alou, in her fifties, is an experienced groundnut farmer. For more than 30 years, she has been growing peanuts on a plot of land she inherited from her parents. This morning, we found her in her field, accompanied by some members of the cooperative. It’s the day of sowing her plot. The day before, there was rain. Even if the soil is not completely wet, the rainy season is already announced in these localities.