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Sahel Nations Unite With €100 million To Strengthen Agricultural Resilience

 

Jelili Gbadamosi

 

Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger Republic have pooled €100 million to bolster the agricultural resilience of small-scale farmers in the Sahel region, aiming to combat desertification and land degradation.

The initiative, announced by the International Fertilizer Development Centre, seeks to integrate soil, water, and biodiversity management through participatory planning.

It was gathered that In 2023, the Food and Agriculture Organization warned of a looming food crisis affecting 26.5 million Nigerians by mid-2024, with states like Borno, Sokoto, Zamfara, and the Federal Capital Territory at higher risk due to insecurity and other challenges.

The initiative aims to address these issues, with Nigeria contributing €40 million and Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger Republic each investing €20 million.

The program, ‘Soil Values,’ will extend beyond Sahelian countries, with a focus on Nigeria’s productive capacity to drive significant impact.

PLATFORM TIMES gathered that It includes plans for farmers training, support for institutional investments, and alignment with larger programs like those funded by the World Bank, with a particular emphasis on Nigeria’s northern regions to bolster food security in line with government priorities.

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