The largest region in Niger, Agadez covers some 394,000 square miles - 52% of Niger. Almost all is the Sahara desert. The Agadez region is the heart of Niger's nomadic homelands and is populated by approximately 500,000 widely dispersed people.
The nomadic people of Agadez are herders of goats, sheep and camels. These animals are the basis of nomadic life - they provide the milk that is consumed at every meal. The herding cultures are cherished for their unique music, art and culture and for their economic impact - the sale of these animals and animal products are Niger's fourth largest export, providing the funds to buy grains and other staples of daily life.
RAIN began our work here, traveling to towns, villages and nomadic encampments to learn of their hopes, dreams and unique challenges.
RAIN for the Sahel and Sahara is a nonprofit 501(c)3 working to make a lasting difference in Africa.