Where we work

Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) is a six-year development initiative of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) programme that focuses on supporting cassava and rice value chains for small farmers in the six states of Anambra, Benue, Ebonyi, Niger, Ogun and Taraba. Within each state, the programme is being implemented in three (3) Local Government Areas (LGAs) selected on the basis of objective criteria. There is opportunity for one additional LGA for each of the leading cassava and rice states as the programme implementation progresses. Consequently, 22 LGAs will be targeted under the programme.

Target Group

Poor rural households engaged in the cassava and rice value chains serve as the primary target group, including smallholder farmers cultivating up to five hectares of land, small-scale processors and traders. The entry point is through organized groups of producers and processors, with particular attention to both women and youth groups. To ensure that programme interventions is demand-driven and respond effectively to needs, an institutional mapping of these organisations, particularly farmers’ organizations, has been carried out to determine their maturity levels, needs and scope of activities in order to effectively strengthen them. The programme is expected to reach approximately 17,480 direct beneficiaries (15,000 smallholder farmers, 1680 processors and 800 traders), and 22,000 indirect beneficiaries benefiting largely from infrastructure improvements, amongst other things.


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