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UK aid funded programme, Propcom Mai-karfi helped 1.25m smallholder farmers generate N37bn in 9 yrs

By helping smallholders generate increased income, the Programme stimulated economic recovery in Northern Nigeria to the tune of N37 billion in public and private sector investment.

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Ben Llewellyn-Jones, UK’s Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos

UK aid funded programme, Propcom Mai-karfi, hosted a closing event at the Sheraton Abuja Hotel on Thursday, along with key stakeholders in the agriculture sector.

Programme staff explained how the UK Government’s investment in agriculture has expanded market access and catalysed private sector investments to create economic opportunities for smallholder farmers in Northern Nigeria.

In attendance was the Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos, representatives of the UK Government and other donor agencies, commissioners of agriculture in implementing states, development sector partners, private sector stakeholders and civil society organisations.

The event provided a platform for Propcom Mai-karfi to tell its story of impact and to advance discussions on sustaining successes recorded over the years.

Strategies for promoting inclusive business models for the private sector, prospects for transformation of the public sector, and opportunities for donors and development partners to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of development support into the region were shared.

Ben Llewellyn-Jones, UK’s Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos, said:

“We are very pleased to be able to celebrate today with all our partners the impact Propcom Mai-Karfi has made in Northern Nigeria over the last 9 years.  Its success has only been possible due to the drive, motivation, and willingness of our partners to adopt the market-driven approaches that ultimately create greater economic opportunities for poor men and women.  The UK remains committed to supporting inclusive and climate resilient growth in Nigeria, and we look forward to continuing these partnerships.”

Farmers in Northern Nigeria

Hajiya Halima Lawal, commissioner of Agriculture, Kaduna State, said:

“I want to applaud the UK Government and to offer my congratulations to the entire Propcom Mai-karfi team for the considerable achievements in developing agriculture over the years, especially in promoting pro-poor opportunities and inclusive market growth in Northern Nigeria, and thereby improving the livelihood of citizens in our State and the region. As a State, we remain committed to facilitating and attracting investments and look forward with keen anticipation to future collaborations with the UK government.”

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Kevin Gager, national team leader, Propcom Mai-karfi said:

“Defining and/or sustaining various paths to economic recovery and growth demands that existing knowledge and experiences be accounted for in the process. Propcom’s closing event offered up our wealth of experience for everyone to share in the future development efforts in Northern Nigeria.”

Propcom Mai-karfi

Propcom Mai-karfi deployed the ‘Making Markets Work for the Poor – M4P’ approach which focuses on tackling the constraints that affect the markets that poor people participate in so that they can derive higher benefits and values from better functioning market systems.

The Programme targeted market systems with opportunities for poor farmers. It identified factors causing them to perform poorly and facilitated relevant players in the markets to address those underlying constraints. In so doing, Propcom helped to build the capacity of smallholders in climate smart agriculture and helped to provide the knowledge for them to improve their productivity and overall production.

By helping smallholders generate increased income, the Programme stimulated economic recovery in Northern Nigeria to the tune of N37 billion in public and private sector investment.

Propcom Mai-karfi

Also speaking, Ogheneovo Ugbebor, deputy team leader, Propcom Mai-karfi,  said:

“At the heart of Propcom Mai-karfi was sustainability. The Programme assumed only a facilitatory role, never direct delivery, thereby allowing key actors to drive the process from the outset. Importantly, Propcom’s intervention designs and strategies were built on the motivation and incentives of key players to act now and in the future, creating the needed drive for continuity. In its facilitative capacity, Propcom sustainably expanded market access to agricultural inputs and services, trade linkages and fostered business and regulatory reforms leveraging billions of Naira in investments from the public and private sectors.”

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