With around 80% of its population living under 2USD a day, Niger is one of the world’s poorest countries. This landlocked african nation also suffers from heavy droughts and food shortages, as two thirds of its surface is covered by desert. The effects of climate change will have a dramatic impact on its population in years to come.
The Itace project seeks to make Niger greener by planting 8,000 hectares of acacia trees across the country and involving local populations in forest management in the process. This project also seeks to produce arabic gum to be sold abroad, thereby stimulating the local economy and creating wealth where it is most needed.