IFAD urges farmers to sustain value chain initiative in Niger

Written by on July 5, 2022

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has urged farmers and investors in Niger to sustain its Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) when it winds up in 2024.

Dr Mathew Ahmed, the State Programme Coordinator, made the call on Tuesday in Minna, while inaugurating a one-day dialogue among VCDP farmers, investors, processors, off-takers and financial institutions.

Ahmed said that farmers under the IFAD-VCDP would be left on their own in the next two years to continue with the programme.

He advised the partners who want to support farmers with capital and inputs to always contact the State VCDP Office for proper documentation and contract agreement to avoid default.

He explained that the farmers would in turn pay back in kind after harvest, instead of cash.

The IFAD-VCDP is a collaboration among Federal Government, IFAD and nine participating states of Anambra, Benue, Enugu, Ebonyi, Kogi, Niger, Nasarawa, Taraba and Ogun.

Rice and cassava were included to benefit from VCDP-Additional Financing after the programme recorded huge success in all the participating states.

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