As many as 17,400 farmers in Lagos have benefited from the World Bank-supported APPEALS (Agro-processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support) project.
The appeal project, which received total funding of $200 million, began on March 23, 2017 and is due to end in March 2023.
The project aims to support farmers’ productivity and their link to markets, facilitate the consolidation of agricultural products and artisanal processing, facilitate the clustering and connection of farmers and small and medium-sized enterprises to the infrastructure network and business services, as well as to provide technical assistance and institutional support to grantees, federal and state governments in value chain development.
The project coordinator for Lagos State, Oluranti Sagoe-Oviebo, said that during the project in Lagos, a total of 3,950 regular farmers benefited directly from the project, adding that 1,786 women and youths also benefited while 7533 farmers had been qualified.
She added that the project had also registered other successes including: desilting of canals, especially around the Ikorodu and Epe axis, knowledge management and evaluation for farmers, support to traders and transformers with solar-powered kiosks, among others.
“This project is a Ministry of Agriculture project and I know the Ministry of Agriculture will always be relevant. The legacies we leave behind, the ministry will continue. I know because we have done so well, the ministry will not let him die,” she said.
For the beneficiaries, the intervention greatly contributed to improving their productivity.
Seyi Ladega, the representative of Poultry Estate Farmers Association and beneficiary of the call project said, “Before the arrival of the call project, we had several difficulties like bad roads, unsustainable production. When they came on board, they not only supported us with grants, but also put us through training from management to production, which helped us keep records. The calls project even made logs for us to help us monitor our performance. »
“In terms of broiler production, the Appeals experiment has been very successful. They connected us with verified buyers. We were inspired by this and over the next year the area around Enikorodo and Ikorodu will be the hub of broiler production in West Africa. We want to make sure that in Lagos we will no longer import frozen chicken, we will produce traditional standards,” she added.
Easy Shop CEO, Easy Cook, Saudat Salami added that through the intervention of the appeal project, the company was able to acquire a 15-tonne cold room, which has accelerated its production and distribution in Nigeria.
“They wanted to be sure we had a proper business structure in place and were serious about what we were doing. Now we are able to supply companies ordering tonnes that we were unable to deliver before they came on board,” she said.