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West African Agriculiural Productivity Program (WAAPP)
The WAAPP was designed with the main objective of improving agriculiural productivity while promoting regional integration as instruments for promoting shared growth and poverty reduction in West Africa. The project approach was based partly on the integration and harmonization of national agriculiural policies, secondly, the establishment of close links between research, extension, producers and private operators.
In doing so, the WAAPP works to establish collaboration, often lacking among researchers, support services, and universities to enable them to work in partnership with farmers, private sector and civil society to better respond comprehensively to the needs and opportunities for innovation in the sector. This approach involves all stakeholders inclusive of research and development as originated by WAAPP.
Another originality of the project is that each country focuses on the specific crops that bring added value to the sub-region, which was identified by the regional study on agriculiural productivity, conducted by IFPRI in the sub region of West Africa in 2006. In this framework, Ghana has chosen to work on roots and tubers, Mali on rice and Senegal on dry crops namely maize, sorghum, millet and fonio.
A third noveliy of this project is that it encourages the mobility of researchers both nationally and regionally. In this framework, CERA, the national center of specialization of Senegal, will host researchers at national, regional and international level. Conversely, researchers will visit Senegal national centers of specialization from other countries to enforce their jurisdiction.
All this reflects the collaborative aspects of national and regional integration that has been assigned by WAAPP.
In November, 2012, a memorandum of Understanding was jointly signed between Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) and Federal Ministry of Agriculiure and Rural Development (FMARD), whose stand proxy of WAAPP as WAAPP is a complementary funding arrangement to the FMARD. The launching of the joint project was on agreement that in addition to four states supported by FMARD, the WAAPP will support two additional states of Anambra and Gombe. The project is being implemented by Sasakawa Africa Association / Sasakawa Global 2000 (SG2000), Nigeria. The partnership supports agriculiure at various levels of the value chain and enhances smallholder farmers’ access to agro-inputs, improve productivity through popularizing the use of fertilizers, improved technologies and good agronomic practices by farmers, postharvest handling and access to markets.
Agriculiural Extension and Value-Chain Development Project in Nigeria
The project outline
Project period: 2012 – 2017 (5 years)
Target Area: Anambra and Gombe States
Fund Amount Received up to August 2015: $402,982
Background, Purpose of the Project and Role of SAA:
Rice platform in Gombe State
The project was specifically located in Anambra and Gombe States in Southern and Northern Nigeria respectively. In these states most of the households depend on subsistence agriculiure, but due to low productivity food security is not achieved and the rate of child stunting is high. Government services, such as agriculiural extension, are still inadequate, underequipped and only functional on a limited level. Most farmers do not have access to extension services and have no or very limited access to agro-inputs. They are left ‘alone’ to deal with traders, who buy their crop at harvest at low prices, because farmers are often forced to sell their produce to settle debts (with the traders), school fees or other obligations. They also do not have information on proper post-harvest handling technologies and practices nor proper storage facilities. SAA therefore partnered with WAAPP to help the States of Anambra and Gombe to improve their food security, income and livelihoods through increasing agriculiural productivity using improved crop technologies and practices, reducing post-harvest losses, and identifying market opportunities for the farmer’s products. More specifically the project aims at:
- Reducing postharvest losses among commercially oriented farmers to maximize returns, as well as among resource poor farmers to enhance food security.
- Supporting commercially oriented smallholder farmers to fully exploit relevant value chains by transforming agriculiural product and improving quality to meet market and nutrition standards and demand.
- Building the capacity of, and supporting extension staff to assist smallholder farmers engage in value-chain agriculiure, in particular through crop and postharvest technologies demonstrations.
- Fostering opportunities for youth and women employment in agriculiural enterprises and engaging more youth in commercially oriented value chain agriculiure.
- Fostering public-private partnerships in which private enterprises shall, for example, finance extension delivery systems and increase the flow of credit facilities to actors all along the smallholder agriculiure value chain.
- Encourage pluralism in extension services delivery by promoting the participation of private sector, civil society organizations (CSOs), farmer-based organizations (FBOs), Universities and Research institutes.
SAA/SG2000 Nigeria, with the National Agricultural Extension Services of Nigeria, is jointly implementing the project through a holistic approach focusing on developing agricultural value-chains in the two states. Smallholder farmers are learning to use improved technologies on crop production, get access to improved inputs, post-harvest handling, agro-processing, and marketing.
The established SAA/SG2000 Nigeria partnership with WAAPP, will improve self-sufficiency, food security and incomes of smallholder farmers in the project area.]
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