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Farmer sees results in rice seed production

Farmer sees results in rice seed production

Ngozi Ebue, a 35-year- old farmer has been using knowledge she acquired from a training on rice seed production provided by the VCDP to establish seed enterprise as a means of livelihood. The mother of one in Anaku, Anambra, also supports five other relatives in her home while trying to produce rice seeds that rice(…)

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Connecting smallholder farmers to markets

Connecting smallholder farmers to markets

In Benue, North Central Nigeria, smallholder rice and cassava farmers are engaging in new market opportunities and taking their first steps out of poverty through a contract farming scheme in which farmers are guaranteed markets for their crops. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), has linked over 3,603(…)

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“False bottom” technology increases local rice quality

“False bottom” technology increases local rice quality

The “false bottom” parboiling technology introduced by VCDP is helping rice processors in Niger state to improve quality and market value of their rice. “Before now, we have to carry our rice to the market and even beg people sometimes to buy, for whatever price,” says a rice processor Hajara Mohammed, of the ZokoYegborolo multipurpose(…)

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Improving farmers access to land for rice and cassava production

Improving farmers access to land for rice and cassava production

Spurred by the need to create more arable land to produce more food, VCDP is helping farmers in Ogun to develop land for rice and cassava cultivation. “There has been increase in the number of people having access to land, especially women and youth,” says Samuel Adeogun, VCDP Ogun state programme coordinator. “Land development has(…)

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