Nigeria: Small scale farmers in Yewa South, two other LGs in Ogun get international assistance from IFAD
London, Dec. 3, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Small scale farmers in Yewa South Local Government area of Ogun State, South West Nigeria and their counterparts from Odeda and Odogbolu local government areas have been selected to benefit from international assistance provided by The International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD,
IFAD is an international institution linked with the United Nations that is dedicated to the eradication of poverty and hunger in rural areas of third world countries
The qualifying farmers who must have less than 5000 hectares of farmland are to be assisted with varying degrees of agricultural inputs, access to technology, bigger market, credit facilities as well as help to clear their farmland during planting season
“Our current priorities are to strengthen the value chains that link producers and their organizations to markets and consumers, and to create a virtuous upward spiral by helping farmers to sell more and earn more”. says Dr Ameh Onoja, National Coordinator NPC VCDP
Already, the first meeting to coordinate the programme has taken place in Abuja, Nigeria’s seat of power under the auspices of FGN /IFAD assisted Value Chain Development Programme. The meeting was attended by the permanent secretary as well as other top officials of Ogun state Ministry of Agriculture.
Also in attendance were delegations from Anambra, Ebonyi, Benue, Niger, Taraba, Enugu, Nassarawa and Kogi
Alternativeafrica.com understands that at the meeting, it was specifically spelt out that the new opportunities to be run in conjunction with Ogun state agricultural intervention projects is tailored towards providing job opportunities in Agriculture as well as ensuring food security as well as improvement in food safety and nutrition.
This will in no small measures create avalanche of opportunities for the rural dwellers and open up vistas of unparalleled development in these areas as they would soon become points of interest for industries and companies that rely solely on agricultural products for their production.
Three other local governments in Ogun, Obafemi/Owode, Ijebu East, Ijebu North East and Ifo were the first beneficiaries of the scheme
With latest beneficiaries, the IFAD assisted VCDP additional financing phase earlier schedule to close next year has been extended by two years and will now close in 2022
The IFAD programme is domiciled in the federal Ministry of Agriculture with a clear cut mandate to open up rural areas through profitable agribusiness
IFAD has been working for almost four decades to enhance rural output in the Africa. By the end of 2016, IFAD was running 41 programmes in partnership with 23 governments and had invested a total of US$1.2 million.
“Our current priorities are to strengthen the value chains that link producers and their organizations to markets and consumers, and to create a virtuous upward spiral by helping farmers to sell more and earn more”.