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Programmes in Nigeria

The CPF for Nigeria describes FAO’s medium term assistance priorities and results, derived from nationally defined priorities and objectives, to be achieved over the five-year period of the country’s programming cycle (2013-2017).

The rationale for these five priority areas stems from the national commitment to attaining sustainable national food and security nutrition, as well as re-positioning agriculture as a vehicle for economic growth and employment creation. The ATA is the Government’s strategic framework for a paradigm shift that will address agriculture from a business rather than a developmental perspective. Hence, the Government’s need for technical support and assistance as well as capacity building in value chain development. Environment, climate change and population growth challenges are putting pressure on Nigeria’s natural resources. These are compounded by natural and man-induced disasters, which often result in draw backs to development. Government is putting priority on natural resource management and disaster risk reduction.

For 13 years, FAO has been involved in the implementation of the National Programme for Food Security, with appreciable results and impact on the livelihoods of rural farming communities across the country. FAO will continue, in collaboration with the key Government stakeholders (Agriculture, Women, Health, Education, Water) and development partners (UNICEF, WHO, and WFP) to support the Government in its efforts to build its capacity to act on food and nutrition security (FNS), particularly to implement gender-responsive and evidenced-based policies, strategies, and programmes addressing insecurity and malnutrition.

The ability of the sector to deliver on Government expectations - contribution to increasing food and nutrition security as well as serving as a vehicle for rural employment, depends on robust evidence-based policies, capable of repositioning the sector to contribute effectively to economic development, as well as on prerequisite regulatory frameworks. In collaboration with other development partners (USA, Spain, Sweden, World Bank), FAO is already contributing to Government efforts in building this capacity, addressing evidence based policy decision-making as well as regulatory frameworks (transboundary plant and animal diseases), and will continue to do so within the new programming cycle, with the aim of achieving the following outcome and related outputs.

FAO has been leading other UN agencies in supporting GoN in her efforts to boost agriculture and food security through mobilization of resources and technical assistance in the implementation of programmes and projects across the country in support of the achievement of key ATA objectives. Complementary to the these efforts – mainly focusing on increasing agricultural production and productivity, and those of other development partners - FAO will continue to support GoN in addressing its other ATA objectives related to access to improved agricultural inputs (primarily seeds), reduction of post-harvest losses and improving access to markets.

FAO, complementing the efforts of other agencies (World Bank, JICA, IFAD, USAID), will assist GoN to build its institutional capacity for managing land and water resources for enhanced agricultural productivity, with the focus on (i) building MDAs and community’s capacities in the sustainable integrated management aspects of land and water, (ii) and supporting the creation of a policy and regulatory enabling environment for effective programme implementation in the areas of land, water, forest resources and climate adaptation, all in line with and benefiting from the international best practices.

Nigeria is prone to natural disasters such as flood, drought, pests and diseases of crop and livestock, desertification and soil erosion. These disasters are aggravated directly or indirectly by weather variability and climate change phenomenon, which require humanitarian emergency and rehabilitation measures. During the next five years, and in concert with other development initiatives, FAO will work with the Government and other development partners in mainstreaming the food and agricultural component of the overall National Disaster Response system, contributing to the development of an integrated Disaster Management and Response System and building the capacity of key actors in its systematic application.