21,000 Nigerians to benefit from WB agribusiness initiative

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Twenty one thousand women and youths, drawn from six states of Nigeria are to benefit from a $200 million World Bank-assisted Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) initiative. The APPEALS Specialist, Mrs. Heather Akanni, made the disclosure on the sidelines of a training workshop for the facilitators of the project in Lagos on Tuesday.

The six states that are to benefit from the project include Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Kogi, Enugu and Cross River.

Akanni, who is the National Women, Youths and Livelihood Specialist at the National Coordinating Head Office of APPEALS, said the 21,000 women and youths formed 35 per cent of 60,000 people, expected to benefit from the initiative across the six states.

She said that people living with disabilities are expected to be incorporated in the 35 per cent allocated to women and youths in the initiative.

The Enugu State Women, Youths and Livelihood Specialist, Mrs Ihuoma Eze, assured that Enugu State being one of the focal states, would take the initiative seriously.

Meanwhile, the World Bank International Development Association Project Appraisal Document on the proposed 200 million-dollar credit, stated that the project was programmed for 60,000 individuals at 10,000 per state and 300,000 farm household members as indirect beneficiaries.

“The project monitoring and evaluation and information system will include a gender-tracker to ensure adequate documentation on different categories of project beneficiaries,” the project document stated.