Duration: 01/Mar/2015 - 28/Feb/2019
Locations: West and Central Africa,Nigeria
Project contact: Dr Hakeem Ayinde Ajeigbe (H.Ajeigbe@cgiar.org)
Donor: CGIAR,International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)-Nigeria
CGIAR Research Program: Dryland Cereals,Dryland Systems
The Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) of the Federal Government of Nigeria launched in 2013 with the objective of attracting private sector investment in agriculture, reduce post-harvest losses, add value to local agricultural produce, develop rural infrastructure and enhance access of farmers and other value chain actors to financial services and markets got the backing of the African Development Bank to finance a project 'Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program-phase 1 (ATASP-1)'. ICRISAT Nigeria and its partners is implementing the sorghum outreach programs in Kano-Jigawa and Kebbi-Sokoto Staple Crop Processing Zones (SCPZ). The outreach programs includes activities for capacity building of the youth across agricultural value chains increased number of producers and entrepreneurs in the sector to produce additional 20 million metric tons of key commodity food crops added to domestic food supply per annum that will create about 200,000 new jobs especially for the youth. Significant attention would be given towards attracting private sector investment, reducing post-harvest losses while adding value to local agricultural produce.