GIZ, IFAD train VCDP farmers in Niger on financial literacy

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The German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will train 2,000 farmers in Niger on financial literacy.

The farmers were drawn from the 16,000 farmers currently participating in the Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) for rice and cassava in the state.

Mathew Adetunji, GIZ representative made this known while opening a four-day training for the farmers in Minna.

Over 60 per cent of farmers across Nigeria are not financially literate. This situation had caused them to lose opportunities to access loans.

“That is why we are training farmers in Niger State in farmers financial cycle. It is about having the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage their finances wisely.

“We realized that most of the farmers do not know how to access financial services. The financial literacy of farmers in Nigeria is about 45 per cent,” he said.

Dr Mathew Ahmed, the state Coordinator, IFAD-VCDP said farmers would be linked to financial institutions after the training where they could access soft loans.

Farmers are always complaining that they are unable to access credit and they cannot do agriculture without having credit facilities advanced to them.

“We will link them with financial institutions and track the way the loans are utilised,” Ahmed said.

He said financially literate would help the farmers save money for the future, borrow money responsibly, invest wisely and make informed decisions regarding financial products and services.

The knowledge, skills and confidence gained during the course will help them expand their agri-business and other aspects of their lives,” Ahmed said.

Hajiya Fati Abdullahi, a farmer, who thanked the GIZ and IFAD for the gesture, said that the training would increase her financial management skills.