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2012 Sahel food crisis

Niger survival yard highlighted by UN-OCHA


Empowering rural women: Oumou's Garden


Oumou's Garden

Oumou speaking

Before had this garden, I was just always at home but now I come and work. I give the vegetables to my brothers and they go and sell them and that brings in money to buy clothing for the family.

I am incredibly proud.


At a time when many people in Niger are struggling to feed their families, Oumou Moussa is providing for her community with a garden that she started with the help of an NGO.

And she's doing it despite her disability.

Oumou speaking

When I was twelve I got polio. After that I couldn't walk anymore. During times of a food crisis like the one that we are in now, it's the handicapped are often forgotten. Others can leave the village to go and find work. I can't leave on my own.

Lema Maka speaking

It's all thanks to Oumou that we benefit from the vegetables and a well. The whole village gets their drinking water from the well and we are able to water our own gardens with it. We no longer have to walk far to fetch water. The filter means it's clean.

Oumou speaking

Thank you to everyone for what you've already given. I ask you to continue, so that others can have a garden just like this one.

Due to drought and poor harvests, a food crisis is looming in Niger. There are solutions. In a village just outside the capital, Niamey, Oumou Moussa is helping to feed her community with the produce from a garden that she started with the help of CBM.

This video conveys an encouraging message about the empowerment of Oumou, a young woman with a disability. Women and children with disabilities are particularly vulnerable during humanitarian crises. This programme was highlighted by the Office for the Coordiantion of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on International Women’s Day 2012.

Providing food security for persons with disabilities and their communities

The concept of survival yards was developed in response to the food crisis experienced in Niger in 2005. It aims at providing food security for persons with disabilities and their extended family by growing a variety of plants which then makes it possible to harvest all year long.
There are already 67 existing survival yards for persons with disabilities, their families and communities in Niger. CBM and its partner Karkara plan to establish 20 more in different parts of the country during 2012.

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