PARM Process was operational in Niger from December 2014 to 2019. The joint-process led to knowledge generation and capacity development to facilitate the integration of ARM into policy planning and implementation.
Parm Phases Status (H2)
Niger is a country regularly prone to natural shocks, especially droughts with often unchained series of impacts on crop productivity, market price and conflicts related to access to land. The fragile climatic conditions coupled with the unstabilized political landscape to nurture risks for agricultural production and marketing activities. Through the PARM Process, the Government of Niger and key stakeholders have i) assessed and prioritized agricultural risks; ii) identified the right tools to manage agricultural risks; iii) developed capacities on ARM; and iv) mainstreamed ARM into policy.
From 30 September 2019 to 03 October 2019, PARM conducted a mission in Niamey, Niger that aim to present to the national party, as well as to the Technical and Financial Partners of Niger the objectives of phase 2 (called PARM Horizon2, 2019-2025), and to bring out the concrete orientations for the joint identification and implementation of actions to be undertaken in this new phase. The mission resulted inthe Government of Niger confirming its interest to engage with PARM in the second phase.
In 2013, the Government of Niger, represented by the High Commission for the 3N Initiative (“Nigériens Nourrissent les Nigériens”) (HC3N), actively engaged in the process of integrating agricultural risk management into its policy framework and investment plans, in particular in collaboration with the World Bank (WB), as well as on the development of the Agricultural Risk Management Action Plan.
Since 2014, in partnership with NEPAD and other actors, PARM has been assisting the Government in this process and in the development of Agricultural Risk Management Action Plan by proposing a new ARM methodology based on a holistic approach adapted to the political, economic and geographical context of the agricultural sector in Niger.
The results of this partnership have created new capacities in risk management and developed investment proposals for ARM tools to create new opportunities to stimulate investment in agriculture and strengthen the resilience of the agricultural sector.
Design of Programmes/Projects
In close dialogue with HC3N, priorities in the choice of risk management instruments to be subject to an investment programme have been identified, in order to strengthen the resilience of the agricultural sector in three following areas:
- Warrantage and forward contracts connected to the national strategy on food crises, notably through institutional purchases and in particular purchases from small producers;
- Strengthening information systems related to ARM;
- Capacity building in ARM as a cross-cutting tool, complementary to the other two
A project concept a s prerequisite to the design of the ARM investment program was developed by PARM and approved by the Niger government.