Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking last on the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Index. A landlocked country in the sub-Saharan zone, its economy depends on crops, livestock and uranium. In recent years, cycles of drought and desertification have caused major food crises.
Lack of water and the scarcity of vegetation also lead to the increasing displacement of nomadic populations; sheperds can no longer rely on lakes, which often dry up, to water their herds. Water scarcity thus increases people’s dependence on wells.
FXB in action
Some wells can no longer be used because their wooden structure is deteriorated or rotten, or they are too shallow. FXB rebuilds the cement entry points in order to increase protection and water circulation inside the well. These wells considerably improve the living conditions of the populations in the remote and arid areas of the north of the country.