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NIGER : Securing land rights in irrigated areas

A national forum on legal protection of land tenure in irrigated areas, chaired in the town of Konni on 7-8 May to analyse the current challenges arising from socio-economic issues around land rights in existing and future irrigation schemes in Niger.

The aim was to seek consensus on recommendations to enable the government to pursue its ambitious strategy of investment in irrigation while at the same time respecting traditional rights and ensuring social harmony.
This forum brought together about 80 participants from eight regions of Niger and included representatives from: producer groups and cooperatives, traditional authorities, national and local authorities, government technical services, civil society organizations, technical and financial partners.
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