Niger is a veritable mosaic of vastly different ethnic groups, customs and cultures

Niger, an expansive country of more than 1,267,000 km2, nestled in the heart of West Africa and with more than three quarters of its surface covered by one of the most arid deserts on the planet, is a territory used to surviving. In the south of the country, in the strip that leads from Chad to Mali, lies the savannah region, where the climate is somewhat more generous and allows cattle breeding and agriculture to flourish, particularly on the banks of the Niger River, giver of life.

Niger is a veritable mosaic of vastly different ethnic groups, customs and cultures. The Haussa, Zarma, Touareg, Songhai or Fula are among the country’s most representative ethnic groups. Despite the hardships faced by its inhabitants, the average life expectancy is around 60 years. This multi-ethnic society is made up of nomadic and settled people and is strongly influenced by trade as a way of life.

Clearly, when two companies have been working together for a long time, it is necessary to set objectives that go beyond the purely commercial, and if we further consider the fact that this collaboration takes place in a country with a multitude of needs, mainly as regards inhabitants, more far-reaching projects are called for. On this occasion, as on many others, Ets. El Haadji Soumaila Hatimou and its European partner, Tigernuts Traders, SL, have been working together since 2016 on the Ecocert-certified Fair Trade project on their farm in Niger, which occupies an area of ​​more than 600 hectares and where, during harvest season, 350-400 people are employed, comprising those responsible for picking (men) and those for cleaning the goods (women).

 

Fair For Life: Fair Trade Certification

Fair for Life promotes a Fair Trade approach that allows all those producers and workers who are socioeconomically disadvantaged to access a wider range of social and economic benefits. Fair Trade is part of a broader context of sustainable development in a region that safeguards and supports the local social fabric, particularly in rural settings.

These principles apply in both the southern and northern hemispheres and throughout the supply chain, taking in producers, traders, manufacturers and brand owners.

 

Benefits of Fair For Life

  • The possibility of recognizing other potentially complementary schemes, allowing synergies and a broader supply.
  • An independent third-party certification
  • An internationally recognized programme, based on key reference standards (international definitions of fair trade, ISO 26000, ILO conventions, IFOAM social criteria, etc.).
  • A continuous improvement approach, and the possibility of evaluating overall performance regarding fair trade.
  • The ability to obtain Fair Trade ingredients from any country (north and south)

 

Fair Trade Principles


 

Fair For Life Tigernut Certification

You can find all the information about our Fair For Life certification on the Fair For Life website:

 

Tigernuts For Life: Tigernuts From Fair Trade (NIGER)