Niger covers a landlocked tract of the Sahel north of Nigeria. With a poverty rate of 49 per cent, it is one of the poorest nations in the world.

This month, Roots spoke with Michael Carbon, Senior Evaluator of the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD, who conducted an impact evaluation of the Food Security and Development Support Project in the Maradi Region, co-financed by IFAD in Niger between 2011 and 2018.

A story-based study was carried out to determine the extent to which women were involved in decision-making in their households. The study showed a strong relationship between women taking part in decision-making, their contribution to income and towards providing their household with several nutritious meals a day.