IFAD and CASP partners for job creation in Northern Nigeria througg Agriculture
The International Food and Agriculture Development (IFAD) Climate Adaptation and Agribusiness Support Programme (CASP), has promised to provide jobs for 5, 089, 000 people through agriculture in seven northern States.
States shortlisted for the programme are Sokoto, Katsina, Borno, Jigawa,Yobe , Zamfara and Kebbi. Consideration for selection was based on the vulnerability of the states climate change.
Speaking on the initiative at the 10th National Agriculture Show, put together by the National Agricultural Foundation of Nigeria (NAFN) in Nasarawa State, the National Programme Coordinator of CASP, Mr. Muhammed Idah, said the programme was designed to target about 727, 000 farmers directly and enhance the living condition of 4,362,000 rural dwellers in 104 local governments in the selected seven state.
“We are bringing to the notice of farmers the effects of climate change. Climate change is real. People need to take cognizance of climate change in whatever they are doing particularly in agricultural activities. The programme targeted 4,362, 000 indirect beneficiaries, 727, 000 direct beneficiaries in 724 villages across 104 local governments in the participating states,” Idah stated.
Idah, who was represented by CASP Agricultural Development Coordinator, Mr. ModuShugaba, said farmers would be supported on climate change mitigation programmes and desertification control measures.