Financial Inclusion: How Nigerian small-scale farmers are locked out

Achieving financial inclusion in Nigeria requires interventions that strengthen financial capability, participation and well-being. Food security for Nigeria’s 200 million people relies on small-scale farmers. Despite their importance most struggle to accumulate savings and capital, invest in economic opportunities, adopt technologies to boost production and mitigate risks and build resilience to shocks. This points to the need to […]

Nigerian govt to support farmers with interest-free loans —Agric minister

The Nigerian government will collaborate with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) with a view to supporting farmers nationwide with interest-free loans, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Sabo Nanono said on Sunday. He made the declaration while receiving the 2020 Wet Agricultural Performance Survey, according to a statement released in Abuja by Ezeaja Ikemefuna, […]

Nigeria: Promoting Agriculture Production Through ICT

According to FAO, agriculture remains the largest sector of the Nigerian economy and employs two-thirds of the entire labour force. Production hurdles have much stifled the performance of the sector. Agriculture is increasingly becoming knowledge-intensive and millions of smallholder farmers around the world are confronted by constraints such as poor access to farm input, funding, […]

Agric Funding: Comparing Nigeria under Obasanjo, Yar’Adua, Jonathan, Buhari

Despite repeated assurances by successive governments, Nigeria has consistently underfunded its agricultural sector, leaving the country at the risk of food insufficiency and slow economic growth. The country has the largest number of people living in extreme poverty, according to the world poverty clock in 2018. With very low income and insufficient food, Nigeria has […]

Nigeria: 2020 Wet Season Farmers Out of Govt’s Mechanisation Programme

As the 2020 farming commence, wet season farmers will not be part of the Federal Government’s mechanisation programme. This is coming on the heels of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s announcement that its mechanisation programme would begin in the next six months; apparently in September, 2020. September usually marks the commencement of […]