Food security tops agenda in APPEALS project implementation mission

Ene Okwanihe, Abuja

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The World Bank/Nigerian Government 4th joint Implementation Support Mission of the APPEALS Project has opened in Lagos, South-West Nigeria with focus on Food Security, Agro-Export and livelihood improvement.

The Task Team Leader, Dr. Adetunji Oredipe said there is need for all Project activities to be focused on the key development objectives of the Project for which the priority value chains were selected.

He stated that the Project must be able to showcase results on how its activities have contributed to food security, agro exports promotion and the improvement of livelihoods for beneficiaries.

The National Project Coordinator, Dr. Amina Mohammed Babandi represented by the National Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist Mr. Adekunle Adesoye said “the purpose of the Mission is to map out ways to move,demonstrate possibilities for agribusiness, increase contribution to GDP and contribute meaningfully to economic growth.

 It is expected that at the end of this Mission, we should come up with a workable work plan that addresses the development of the priority value chains within the next 12 months”

The two participating states in the mission are presenting their implementation reports to show progress made so far in the respective states along their priority value chains.

As part of the Mission in Lagos, the team will embark on field visits to identify clusters in the priority value chains at locations in the state to wrap up the exercise.

At the end of the Mission, a draft Aide Memoire which captures the outcome of deliberations is expected to be presented and discussed.