Total Cost (EUR): 18 413 479.00
EU contracted amount (EUR): 15 763 479.00
Duration: July 2014 - February 2019
Implementing organisation: THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Funding Instrument: DCI - Environment and sustainable management of natural resources including energy
Benefitting zone: Pan-African region
Hassan Gado, Niger
Action Against Desertification (AAD) is a programme that supports local communities, governments and civil society in six African countries - Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, the Gambia, the Niger, Nigeria and Senegal – as well as in Fiji and Haiti, to sustainably manage and restore their drylands and fragile ecosystems affected by desertification, land degradation and drought. This initiative contributes to the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel (GGW), to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) national action plans, and promotes south-south cooperation in ACP countries. The programme is implemented by FAO and other partners.
Hassan returning back to Niger to live on the land that has become productive again
“If you have a reason to stay home, you don’t leave”, says Hassan Gado (51), who just returned to Niger, which is now experiencing the benefits of the programme’s work. He left in 1984, sold cigarettes in Lagos, worked in the port of Cotonou and then in a shoe-shop in Lomé. “Being a migrant worker is hard”, Hassan says. “You don’t have family. Sometimes you don’t even have a place to sleep. But there are good times too”. “I went out to see the world,” says Hassan. “Bob Marley said: ‘Travel and see’. If you always stay where you are, you don’t learn anything.”
He is positive about the experiences he had, even though they were hard, but is happy to be able to come back and live on the land that has become productive once again.
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