Synergos Nigeria, says it has started implementation of Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) project to stimulate food production among 800,000 smallholder farmers in Kaduna State.
The Deputy Country Director, Victor Adejoh, made this known at a meeting with officials of the State Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry with stakeholders drawn from various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Kaduna
He said that Synergos was working for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Kaduna State “to embark on the partnership through the implementation of AGRA project.“
“The project is being implemented through AGRA’s 300,000 dollars grant to the agriculture sector in Kaduna State and is expected to stimulate maize production for more than 800,000 smallholder farmers across the state within the two years.
“The purpose of this project is to strengthen the capacity of the staffers of the Kaduna State Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to increase food security for smallholder farmers through institutional strengthening that will enhance programme delivery.
“This project seeks to address certain gaps from empirical evidence, available data and results of researches conducted by AGRA and Kaduna State Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
“We have identified areas for sustainable agricultural performance. They include working policy, certain gaps have been identified and this project seeks to address those gaps,“ Adejoh emphasized.
According to him, Synergos has also identified gaps with coordination and the need to integrate all critical stakeholders in the agricultural sector.
Adejoh said that the project was successful because of the theory of change which was developed by AGRA to ensure that the it delivered on its objectives.
“Moving from downward upward, AGRA seeks to contribute to development of inclusive agricultural system. AGRA seeks policy formulation and implementation that will bring about transformation in the agriculture sector in Kaduna state.
“AGRA also seeks to coordinate with agriculture business and increase budget performance in the sector in Kaduna State. We will establish a data bank for the ministry of agriculture and forestry.
“We will engage technical assistance on monitoring and evaluation and do portfolios review to ensure that all departments and agencies are working effectively. The overall objective includes strengthening the planning, coordination and deliberate capability of the ministry of agriculture and forestry in Kaduna State.
“It is in line with ongoing strategy reforms to drive sustainable transformation in the agricultural sector in Kaduna. We have put a lot of machinery in motion, what we are here to do is to support this transformation to a level that shows the impact of the work you are already doing in the ministry.
“The project will launch a data bank and e-license and connect all departments within the ministry such that your data can be uploaded,“ the Deputy Country Director added.