Nigeria is Precision Agriculture for Development’s newest geography and the locus of our most recent service delivery program.
On 12 November 2020 the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and PAD announced the inception of the Nigeria Rural Poor Stimulus Facility (NRPSF).
The Nigeria RPSF is designed to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on smallholder farmers and to insulate domestic food supply by supporting access to affordable inputs & advisory to sustain production. The NRPSF is funded by, and aligned with, IFAD’s Rural Poor Stimulus Facility which was established to improve the resilience of rural livelihoods in the context of the crisis by ensuring timely access to inputs, information, markets and liquidity.
PAD will work with our partners to build and scale mobile phone-based agricultural extension to support smallholder farmers in the seven northern Nigerian states: Borno, Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe, and Zamfara between November 2020 and October 2021, with proposed support for the cultivation of rice, maize, groundnuts (peanuts), wheat, vegetables and soy.
The advisory service will be delivered through IVR and will focus on increasing knowledge about affordable inputs, and the promotion of productivity and income generating activities for approximately 100,000 smallholder farmers in Nigeria. Among other guidelines, beneficiaries must be working farms of 0.5 ha in size during the dry season, and 1 ha during the wet season; half of the beneficiaries will be women and a quarter will be youth (18-15 y/o).