10,000 Women To Benefit from Agric Intervention

10,000 Women To Benefit from Agric Intervention

About 10,000 Nigerian women are expected to benefit from a two-year agricultural intervention by Value Seeds in partnership with MasterCard Foundation to mitigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The intervention is expected to create direct and indirect jobs in the crop value chain, including input dealers, farm labourers, transporters, logistic officers, marketers’ off-takers, feed millers, and staff in the agro processing industry as over 450 tons of premium maize and rice grains are expected to be added to the Nigerian market to cushion the challenges farmers face due to the pandemic.

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The group explained that the 10,000 women would be selected as direct beneficiaries of the two-year agricultural intervention as part of the COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Intervention Project.

The Project Lead, Value Seeds, George Kabutha, said the initiative would improve farmers’ yields by providing access to improved seeds, quality crop production inputs, and strengthening their capacity to produce optimally.

The Country Head, MasterCard Foundation, Nigeria, Chidinma Lawanson, said: “Value Seeds advocate that a bottoms-up agricultural transformation is the best path to inclusive economic growth to build the resilience of the Nigerian population.

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“The goal of the project is in alignment with the MasterCard Foundation COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program, which focuses on the provision of direct support to companies in the agricultural value chain, specifically to ensure that smallholder farmers have access to markets and to maintain food security.” She added.

The initiative is projected to re-ignite the Nigerian economy and ensure that food supply chains are enhanced.

 

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