Joining hands to feed a nation: Nigeria launches multi-stakeholder platform to drive gender-inclusive food security efforts
29 June 2021
Integrated Landscape Management to Enhance Food Security and Ecosystem Resilience in Nigeria
GEF Implementing Agency
To foster sustainability and resilience for food security in Northern Nigeria through addressing key environmental and socioeconomic drivers of food insecurity across three agro-ecological zones.
land under integrated and sustainable management
GHG emissions avoided or reduced
The Nigerian economy is dominated by the agriculture sector, which is the main source of livelihood for the majority of the population. However, multiple factors contribute to low agricultural productivity and resulting food insecurity, including limited use of irrigation and technology, high cost of farm inputs, and poor access to credit and markets.
Overharvesting of natural resources has led to increasing environmental degradation and high levels of deforestation in Nigeria. The challenges posed by a degraded environment will be further exacerbated by climate change, which is predicted to intensify the frequency of droughts and floods in Nigeria, with resulting crop and livestock losses, and further land and forest degradation.
The RFS Nigeria project supports a process of agricultural transformation in 70 communities in 14 Local Government Areas of northern Nigeria, and in three different agroecological zones: Guinea savannah of the north central region, Sudan-Sahel savannah of the northwest region, and Sudan savannah of the northeast region. The Theory of Change is based on the recognition that food security is the product of both socio-economic and environmental factors.
Addressing these factors requires both coherent policies and institutions that influence the ability of farming households to foster sustainable food security and tackling critical shocks in order to enhance the resilience of food production systems. A landscape approach, integrating resilience of land use systems, natural resource management and livelihood security, is of key importance.
The project is delivered through three interrelated components:
The project aims to meet the following targets:
Institutional and policy environment for achieving improved food security is enhanced.
Sustainable agricultural practices and market opportunities for smallholder farmers are scaled up.
An effective and functional monitoring, assessment and knowledge-sharing system is established.
The RFS Nigeria’s lead national partner is the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development who will chair the project steering committee. Other participating ministries include those in charge of the environment, water resources, women’s affairs, and budget and planning. State and local governments from the seven participating states are supporting the implementation of the project. In addition, CSOs, universities, and research Institutions are involved in advocacy, mobilisation, training, research, technical input and knowledge sharing.
Each RFS country project conducts activities that fall under common thematic areas within the programme. Explore each project theme relevant to the RFS Nigeria country project below to see which activities are being implemented under each theme.
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The RFS Nigeria project is fostering sustainability and resilience for food security in Northern Nigeria through addressing key environmental and socioeconomic drivers of food insecurity across three agro-ecological zones. During the 2021 country roundtable, Project Coordinator Rhoda Dia provided an update on the project’s activities, achievements, challenges and lessons learned. The presentation was followed by facilitated Q&A session to allow country project and RFS partners a chance to exchange information and learn more about RFS activities in Nigeria.
In November 2020, the RFS Nigeria project published its first newsletter, which documents the successes and accomplishments of the project in the second half of 2020. Download the newsletter to learn more about the project’s dairy goat farming and beekeeping initiatives, improvements to extension services provision and agroforestry training programme. The newsletter also includes beneficiary impact stories from all seven project implementation sites.
The RFS Nigeria project is working to enhance long-term sustainability and resilience of food production systems in Nigeria and build greater community resilience to climate risks and other shocks that drive food insecurity. RFS Nigeria Project Coordinator, Abdullahi Garba Abubakar, gave a webinar presentation to RFS country project teams in July 2020 to provide an update on Nigeria country project activities, achievements, challenges and lessons learned. The presentation was followed by facilitated Q&A session to allow country project and RFS partners to exchange information and learn more about Nigeria country project activities.
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