Establishment and evolution of partnership in PAIIP, AguiƩ Project, Niger

by Guéro Chaibou, Adam Toudou and Alessandro Meschinelli


The work supported by IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) in the Aguié region of Niger between 1992 and 2003 has been characterised by three more or less distinct stages, which reflect an evolution in the approach to rural development. The partnership developed in each stage drew lessons from the previous one. This helped to improve the quality of project implementation, as a methodological approach was gradually developed that took account of the real needs of the farmers and led to their taking increasing responsibility for the activities. A new form of partnership was developed that strengthened capacities and promoted farmers’ initiative and innovation, and which fundamentally modified the relations between farmers and their partners in development.

Three stages in evolution of partnership

1. PDRAA period (1992–2002)