Herding from space
07 October 2013
Satellites see defined lines of nomadic pastoralism in one of the world's poorest countries.
Landlocked in western Africa, Niger is one of the world's poorest nations. With less than 4% of the country's land arable and prone to drought, food security is a major concern for the population of over 17 million.
Livestock production is important to the agricultural gross domestic product, with widespread nomadic pastoralism. Livestock trade is organised through strong traditional networks, with most animal sales taking place in local markets, but nomadic herders continuously move depending on water and food availability.
In southern Niger's Aguie Department, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has been working to ensure food security and support small-scale rural producers.