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VCDP is well anchored in Nigeria government’s vision for agricultural transformation through commodity value chain approach, with emphasis on enhancing productivity and access to markets for rice and cassava smallholder farmers.

The Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) is a 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 while also addressing the constraints along the value chains.

With an estimated 70% of the total population of Nigeria living in rural areas, agriculture is a mainstay of economic activity. Also, about 70% of the total farming population is composed of smallholder farmers, cultivating less than 5 ha and producing up to 90% of the total national output. Poverty remains largely a rural phenomenon, with two-thirds of the rural population considered poor. The livelihood of smallholder farmers has been constrained by a host of challenges: low productivity; paucity of opportunities for value addition; environmental degradation; limited access to productive assets and inputs; inadequate support services (extension and research); limited access to rural financial services; inadequate market and rural infrastructure (including water supply); post-harvest losses and a constrained enabling environment.

To address these challenges, the Government of Nigeria and IFAD contrived the VCDP, adopting the value chain approach, to enhance productivity increases, promotion of agro-processing, access to markets and opportunities to facilitate improved engagement of the private sector, and farmers’ organisations themselves, in the development effort.

 

 


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