The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Global Environmental Facility (GEF), in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Nigeria are committing 58 million dollars to a five-year Integrated Approach Programme for a Food Security (IAP-FS) project . This was disclosed in Abuja at a one-day Food Commodities Stakeholders’ Summit to advance inter-state food commodity value chain focusing on groundnut and rice.
The project will last to the year 2022 and is being funded with a one million dollar grant from UNDP and about seven million dollars grant from GEF. The Nigerian government also gave 50 million dollars.
The National Coordinator, National Programme Management Unit (NPMU), Engineer Abdullahi Abubakar, noted that the IAP-FS which is a continuation of other developmental programmes in Agriculture aims at building greater community resilience to a solid agricultural financing and marketing in Nigeria.
He explained that the co-financing fund which could be in cash from the federal and states government would enhance the policy and create an enabling environment for achieving improved food security in a sustainable, resilient and value chain driven manner.
“This programme is implemented in 12 countries but not all are UNDP. So far, it commenced last year and it is a five year programme which commenced this year effectively. For Nigeria, it is the UNDP that is supporting the programme which is being implemented by Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development with Federal Ministry of Environment”, he said.
The Programme Manager, Environment Unit for UNDP, Mr. Oladipo Osibo, noted that the programme is targeted at seven (7) states in Northern Nigeria which include Kano, Katsina, Benue, Nasarawa, Gombe, Jigawa and Adamawa states respectively
Mr. Osibo said UNDP works with the Nigerian government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Environment in sourcing for the GEF funding which comes every three years into the country.
One of the facilitators of the project, The Executive Director, Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN), Salamatu Garba, said the association is working to encourage women and youth in innovative farming to ensure food security.
The summit brought together a total of 350 participants along the rice and groundnut value chains from the targeted states for the project under a Public Private Partnership (PPP), platform. Participants discussed and established linkages through the creation of Innovation platforms for advancement of inter-state food commodity value chain for rice and groundnut.
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