The Nigerian Government revealed that it has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environmental Facility (GEF) to invest $58 million in food security projects in the country.
The partnership will facilitate the Integrated Approach Programme for value chain development in the Agric sector.
The National Coordinator, National Programme Management Unit (NPMU), Engr Abdullahi Abubakar, disclosed the development in Abuja, during a one-day Food Commodities Stakeholders Summit, which was aimed at advancing inter-state food commodity value chain.
Abubakar described the project as a continuation of other developmental programmes in the Agric sector which are aimed at building greater community resilience to solid agricultural financing and marketing in Nigeria.
He noted that the project, which started in 2018, is being funded with $8 million from UNDP and GEF, with the counterpart fund of $50 million from both the Nigerian Government and seven participating states in Nigeria.
According to the National Coordinator, “this programme is implemented in 12 countries but not all are implemented by UNDP, some by IFAD, FAO and other United Nation Agencies. For Nigeria, it is the UNDP that is supporting the programme which is being implemented by Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development with Federal Ministry of Environment”.
The project is also targetted at improving the production of agricultural commodities in Nigeria. Abubarkar said Northern Nigeria was once famous for its groundnut pyramids. Unfortunately, the situation changed for the worse, even as the Nigerian Government is now going all out to stop food importation.
Mr. Oladipo Osibo, the Programme Manager of Environment Unit for UNDP, disclosed that as part of its oversight functions, the UNDP has assisted the Government to secure farms and ensure that farming in Nigeria is done properly.