Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Extension & Advisory Services

Country: Nigeria
Project details
Services:
Access to finance
Capacity building
Climate-smart agriculture
Enterprise development
Market assessment
Nutrition
Value chain development
Crops:
Cereals
Legumes
Livestock

Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Extension & Advisory Services, 2020-2025

Client: Winrock International

Goal

  1. Build the capacity of private extension service providers to deliver extension and advisory services to value chain stakeholders
  2. Strengthen linkages between agricultural research institutions, agro-allied companies, the public and private extension providers, and agricultural value chain stakeholders

What we do

EUCORD is working with Winrock International and USAID, to implement the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Extension & Advisory Services Activity, a 5-year project (2020-2025) that leverages the power of Nigerian entrepreneurship to facilitate learning, replication, and scale around alternative models of extension to increase access and adoption of improved agricultural technologies and practices for two million smallholder producers in Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kebbi, and Niger states. The Activity works through existing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that focus on the information and service needs of the “average” farming household – the representative majority of smallholders within the target value chains who produce the greater part of the production.

The Activity uses Lean production principles and tools to develop a deep understanding of the existing production systems to identify the most promising opportunities and the most important constraints to improve efficiency and increase return on investment for farmers. The Activity leverages SMEs as change agents around the identified on-farm opportunities in the cowpea, maize, soybean, rice, and aquaculture value chains. EUCORD's role is to supervise State Coordinators and to contribute to value chain technical knowledge and farmer context.