Tahoua

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Tahoua (tou´ä), town (1988 pop. 51,607), SW Niger. A major administrative center, it is a farming community and trade center frequented by Tuareg and Fulani pastoral nomads. Gypsum and phosphates are mined. The city was a refugee center during droughts in the 1970s. A teacher-training school is in Tahoua.