New World Bank ICT project to aid Nigerian farmers

GOVERNMENT

|
Image: By BiztechAfrica
New World Bank ICT project to aid Nigerian farmers

The World Bank and the Japanese government are partnering with the government of Nigeria to enhance productivity and market linkage of Fadama farmers through a new project on information and knowledge services.

The World Bank says in a statement that the project which aims to improve agricultural potential through the use of mobile-based agricultural advisory services will be piloted in four States of Cross River, Sokoto, Lagos and Yobe.

A new grant from the World Bank/Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) of USD2.743 million will be utilized for implementation over a period of four years from January 2012 to December 2015.

The fund would target creation of an on-line registry of agricultural advisory experts, localized content development, virtual agricultural and veterinary advisory services, capacity building of Fadama Community associations, provision of timely and locally relevant information and knowledge services and establishment of a FIKS call centers.

During her remarks at the formal launch of the project in Abuja, the World Bank Country Director, Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, expressed her delight at the pilot aimed at enhancing the agricultural potential of the rural poor.

“Better access to information through improved information technology is expected to reduce marketing and transportation cost, encourage farmers to take informed risks and participate in markets.  This is in line with the drastic change in information technology taking place across African markets,” said Marie-Nelly.

In his remarks, the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Ryuichi Shoji, said: “I am encouraged by the announcement of new policies on agriculture by the Minister to revitalize and transform this crucial sector and I am looking forward to hearing good news on the project as it gets implemented in the next four years.”

The Honorable Minister of State for Agriculture, Alhaji Bukar Tijani praised the Fadama III team for impacting on the lives of the rural poor and communities through the successful Fadama project. “We have a mandate from His Excellency, Mr. President to ensure Nigeria stops the importation of rice in four years and to start exporting this important staple by 2018. I am confident that this new initiative for farmers would contribute to our achieving this.”

The Fadama Information and Knowledge Services (FIKS) project, which is focused on increasing productivity and rural household incomes in the poorest section of the Fadama community in the selected states of the hugely successful Fadama III project, is expected to deliver three main outcomes which are:

  • The development of virtual agriculture and veterinary advisory services by linking Fadama farmers to experts through the provision of on line real time solutions to their problems;
  • Provision of Fadama Information and Knowledge Services Centers in the selected states; and
  • Effective monitoring, evaluation and dissemination of information to provide valuable lessons which, through communication and auditing, help to leverage the program impacts.


Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS

Benin to increase ICT expenditure in 2015

Ranked 23rd in Africa and 149th globally by the 2014 ITU ICT Index, Benin wants to repair its image of being a weak ICT spender carrying one of the continent’s less developed ICT sectors. Read More

Senegal govt, AfDB to build US$120 million digital park

The Senegalese government and the African Development Bank (AfDB) will join forces to put aside about US$20 million and US$100 million, respectively, to build a mega-digital park in the city of Diamniadio. Read More

Govt confirms NATCOM’s $252m Nitel/Mtel purchase

The Federal Government of Nigeria has confirmed the sale of former state-run but now moribund telco, the Nigerian Telecommunication (Nitel) and its mobile arm, Mtel to NATCOM Consortium for $252 million. Read More

Angola takes science and technology roadshow to schools

Angola’s Minister of Science and Technology has hailed a programme carried out this year to increase school learners’ understanding of science, technology and innovation. Read More

Senegal to issue smart ID, voter’s cards

The government of Senegal is planning to issue new smart ID documents and voter’s cards, a project it said will strengthen the administration and fight identity theft. Read More

MTN, Orange, Cameroon govt launch Mobile Tax service

The Cameroonian government has launched a new tax service called Mobile Tax, in association with mobile operators MTN and Orange. Read More

BTCL IPO date reset again

The embattled BTCL IPO launch date has not seen the last of its changes yet.  Read More

Botswana tops Africa Prosperity Report

Botswana tops the 2014 Africa Prosperity Report, as the continent enjoys unprecedented economic upturn, but Africa faces new challenges in gender gap and personal freedom. Read More

Mali Digital Plan 2020 to reorganise economy

The coordinator of Mali’s proposed ICT development strategy believes digital technologies have the potential to revolutionise people’s lifestyle and working relationships, boost culture and improve education, among others. Read More

Nigeria lures broadband investors with incentives

Nigeria has highlighted opportunities and incentives for would-be investors, on the sidelines of ITU Telecom World. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoice

FEATURED STORY

PWC: Optimism abounds but a bumpy journey ahead for somePWC: Optimism abounds but a bumpy journey ahead for some

PwC’s ‘Capital Projects & infrastructure in East Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa,’ report says infrastructure spend in the region is projected to reach $180bn per annum by 2025.

IN DEPTH

Africa lags on digital migration Africa lags on digital migration

Only three African countries have so far completed the digital migration process, and serious issues are hampering the migration in other nations.