Eden Foundation

Eden Foundation

Founded 1985 in Sweden
Active in Tanout, Niger, since 1987

Eden's location

Tanout town
Eden's field station
Villages where farmers have direct seeded
The Tanout area, just south of the Sahara desert, is one of the driest inhabited places on earth. People's main problems are lack of food, water and a stable environment. Eden has been running a project here since 1987. Our solution is to bring them trees and bushes that will grow naturally and produce food.

Republic of Niger

Niger is one of the hottest and poorest countries in the world, and has a population of 10 million. The capital is Niamey, and is located in the south west.

The climate is hot and very dry.

Environmental issues are desertification, soil erosion, deforestation
(in the south) and overgrazing.
Life expectancy is 47,5 years. 50% of the population is under 15 years of age. Major ethnic groups are hausa, djerma, fulani, tuareg and kanuri. Adult literacy rate is 15%
90% of the population are involved in agriculture or cattle raising.
Only a small percentage of the country is cultivable. Farmers employ slash-and-burn practices to get rid of their trees. Today, four-fifths of the country consist of desert.
Rainy season lasts for 3 months. After that, the country becomes dry again. The only constant greenness is found around the river Niger in the extreme south- west. In the rest of the country, access to fresh water is very limited and the nearest well may be 20 km away.