The World Bank and Japan are partnering Nigeria with an investment of about $2.74 million
The World Bank and Japan are partnering Nigeria with an investment of about $2.74 million to enhance productivity and market linkage of Fadama farmers through a new project on information and knowledge services.
The World Bank said the project, which aims to improve agricultural potential through the use of mobile-based agricultural advisory services, would be piloted in four States of Cross River, Sokoto, Lagos and Yobe. It said the new grant from the World Bank/Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) would be utilised for implementation over a period of four years from January 2012 to December 2015.
During her remarks at the formal launch of the project in Abuja, the World Bank Country Director, Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly expressed delight at the pilot aimed at enhancing the agricultural potential of the rural poor.
“Better access to information through improved information technology is expected to reduce marketing and transportation cost, encourage farmers to take informed risks and participate in markets. This is in line with the drastic change in information technology taking place across African markets,” she said.
In his remarks, the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ryuichi Shoji said, “I am encouraged by the announcement of new policies on agriculture by the Minister to revitalise and transform this crucial sector and I am looking forward to hearing good news on the project as it gets implemented in the next four years,” he said.
The Minister of State for Agriculture, Mr. Bukar Tijani, commended the Fadama III team for impacting the lives of the rural poor and communities through the successful Fadama project.