Overview

The work of the Alliance for a Green Revolution (AGRA) in Nigeria is aligned with the Federal Government’s Agriculture Promotion Policy (APP) or Green Alternative and the Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

We support the Government agricultural priorities on building an agribusiness economy for sustainable prosperity through domestic food security, export generation, import substitution and job creation. 

Our objective is to increase the incomes of smallholder farmers and improve food security to reduce shocks and stresses by making investments that catalyze an agricultural transformation. In Nigeria, AGRA works at the Federal level to support agriculture policy reforms and systems development. We also work to improve the incomes and food security of the rice, maize, cassava and soybean farmers in Kaduna and Niger States.

We have worked in Nigeria since 2006 made investments in the development of improved seed systems, promotion of soil health and fertility, supporting agriculture policy reforms and increasing farmers’ access to financial services. In the first decade of our work, we invested $25.6 million, with considerable leverage beyond that amount through our partners, with the following results:

18 Phds and 35 MScs trained.
Supported the establishment of 8 seed companies.
Supported the development and release of 19 varieties out of which 17 were commercialized. Trained 4,550 agro-dealers through whom distances the farmer had to travel to access inputs reduced
Trained 146,150 farmers on ISFM technologies, leading to 80,793 hectares being cropped using ISFM technologies. Supported the inception of NIRSAL. The risk-sharing fund was designed to evolve strategies to de-risk and catalyze lending to the Nigerian agriculture value chain. Contributed to the development of the Fertilizer Quality Control Bill and the National Agricultural Seed Council Bill alongside a second bilateral agreement on the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI) to ensure affordable supply of fertilizer to farmers in Nigeria.

In this decade, AGRA built an asset base in technologies, partnerships and models that can be scaled for significant impact on the status of agriculture in Nigeria. Our strategy and support for Nigeria from  2017 to 2021 seeks to bring all of these elements together to catalyze and sustain inclusive agriculture transformation in Nigeria through contributions to the improvement of productivity and marketing of produce, effectively improving the incomes and food security for at least 1.5 million smallholder farming households. Through an investment of $19 million we seek to support the governments’ (Federal and State) need for a strong agriculture sector with effective coordination and implementation capabilities.

Specific investments by AGRA in Nigeria include:

Country Support and Engagement

At Federal level:

  • Facilitate ownership of the National Agriculture Investment Plan and accountability among stakeholders at all levels through engagement at state/regional level, and
  • Support the strengthening of an enabling policy environment including through evidence-based advocacy and inclusion of non-state actors for efficient budgetary allocation and use of resources 

At State level:

Support the state governments of Kaduna and Niger to translate the Green Alternative into action through: 

  • Strategy / analytics support for State level planning, and 
  • Enhanced implementation mechanisms and coordination with the private sector

Systems and Farmer Level Development

Facilitate public-private partnerships to tackle structural constraints hindering the uptake of new technologies and the creation of effective agricultural systems;

Strengthen the input of supply systems and linkages to output markets to facilitate the uptake of yield- enhancing agricultural technologies;

Facilitate access by smallholders to aggregation, processing, and marketing services (ex. information on value chain actors, prices at various markets) through virtual platform;

Service delivery of inputs and services to farmers (e.g., mechanized farming services, crop insurance, transportation of produce to buyer), and

Support financial institutions, multinational organizations and value chain actors to develop appropriate and affordable digital financial and nonfinancial products and services.

Early Results

$9 million invested in eight grants

856,250 farmers committed to date

987 Village-Based Advisors recruited and trained

164 MT of foundation seeds and 7,367.4 MT of certified seed produced; 106,804 seed packs distributed to farmers

534 MT of produce valued at $27 million sold

8,255 MT of improved seeds produced and sold to farmers

Approved Grants, 2017-July 2019: $10,355,862

About AGRA

AGRA is a farmer-centered, African-led, partnerships-driven institution that is working to transforming smallholder farming from a solitary struggle to survive to a business that thrives.

In collaboration with its partners—including African governments, researchers, development partners, the private sector and civil society— AGRA’s work primarily focuses on smallholder farmers – men and women who typically cultivate staple crops on two hectares or less.

AGRA has learned a lot from efforts during its first 12 years and is now recognized across the continent as a strong voice for African rural development, a prosperous agricultural economy, and for supporting thousands of small African businesses and millions of African families to improve agriculture as a way to ensure food security and improve their livelihoods.

In its 2017-2021 strategy, AGRA is working with its partners to support 11 African countries and 30 million smallholder farm households (150 million individuals) to increase their incomes and improve their food security. 

AGRA Nigeria Office
For more information, please contact Kehinde Makinde, AGRA Nigeria Country Manager at KMakinde@agra.org