The Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector Programme (GIAE), with the support and assistance of German Government via the Deutshe Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), has trained over 150,000 smallholder farmers in Nigeria on agribusiness
Speaking at the capacity building workshop organised by GIZ for agricultural journalists in Abuja on Monday, Baba Ashmara, the AFC of Green Innovation Centre for Agriculture and Food Sector, explained that the training was designed to re-orientate farmers to take agriculture as a business rather than a vocation.
He noted that the organisation was committed to the eradication of hunger through its global initiative, “No Hunger.”
He said GIAE has trained 450 agriculture development extension agents in the selected states to educate farmers at the grassroots.
Ashmara said the group has been working in Nigeria since 2015 to build the capacity of smallholder farmers, adding that farmers from eight states of Ogun, Benue, Nasarawa, Cross River, Plateau, Oyo, Kaduna and Kano have benefitted from the training.
He further stated that the group has targeted the development of maize, rice, cassava and Irish potatoes value chain.
Speaking further about its activities in Nigeria, he said, “The Green Innovation Centre, together with government, helps farmers and downstream processing companies to grasp these opportunities in seven states of 36 States in Nigeria.
“Together with government, private companies and agricultural Development Programmes, the Green Innovation Centre introduces scale-up inclusive business models and good agricultural practices for smallholders, associations, and trading and processing enterprises.
“The goal is to support rice, maize, cassava and potato smallholder farmers in Nigeria to increase income and enhance productivity per unit area through job creation and improved access to education and training programmes and information services.”