Niger is a veritable mosaic of vastly different ethnic groups, customs and cultures
Niger, an extensive country covering 1,267,000 km2, sits in the heart of West Africa. More than three quarters of its area is covered by one of the most arid deserts on our planet. It is a territory accustomed to living under difficult conditions. In the south of the country, in the border region between Chad and Mali, the savannah rolls out, where the climate is more benevolent and cattle breeding and agricultural farming are possible, especially on the shores of the Niger River, a source of life.
Niger is made up of a true mosaic of different ethnic groups, customs and cultures. The Hausa, Zarma, Tuaregs, Songhai and Fulani are just some of the country’s most representative ethnic groups. Despite the adversities faced by the inhabitants, average life expectancy stands at around 60 years. This multi-ethnic society is divided into nomads and settled populations and is heavily influenced by trade as a way of life.
Without a doubt, when two companies have been collaborating for such a long time, they end up setting themselves goals that go beyond purely commercial ones. Furthermore, their collaboration takes place in a country that is characteristic for its plethora of needs, mainly as regards its inhabitants. Thus, more far-reaching projects are being put forward. On this occasion, as on so many others, the companies ETS ElHadji Soumaila Hatimou and its European partner, Tigernuts Traders Ltd., have been working since 2016 on their farm in Niger on this equitable project that covers an area of over 600 hectares and involves no fewer than 300-350 people working during the harvest season, pooling together workers tasked with picking the tiger nuts (men) and others with cleaning them (women).
Fair and ecological approach
This project, founded upon the pillars of the ecological stance with which we have been working since 2006, encourages an egalitarian approach that mainly focuses on the producers and workers. The aim is for these producers and workers, who are normally at a socio-economic disadvantage, to be able to reap a wider range of social and economic benefits.
The project may be considered the starting point from which the main lines of sustainable development should be drawn within the region, and we hope that it will safeguard and support the fabric of local society.