The project will address some of the challenges noted by;
(i) Improving access to seed capital through grants;
(ii) Support to productivity enhancement through introduction of new technologies and agricultural inputs;
(iii) Improving access to infrastructure by supporting investments;
(iv) Building the capacity of producer cooperatives through training and Technical assistance, especially for targeted women and youth groups.
(v) Facilitating market linkage through out growers scheme and
(vi) Facilitating on-farm value addition by targeting limited number of value chains, and linking farmers to the supply chain.
It is anticipated that 35 percent of direct beneficiaries (for 3,500 individuals) will be women.
By design, the project has a dedicated sub-component to benefit women and youth that will allow them to develop agri-businesses that are expected to create jobs and improve their livelihoods.
However, in addition to the direct beneficiaries, others (indirect beneficiaries) will gain from the improved roads and electricity made possible under the project.
(ii) Having engaged in farming for at least three (3) years;
(iii) Located in participating state and involved in one or more of the selected value chains in the state for 3 years;
(iv) Has not been convicted for fraudulent activities;
(v) Documents showing availability of resources (in kind or cash) from own contributions to matching grants for the adoption of technologies and/or land development, as shown in a costed business plan.
Rice: 2 to 10 ha,
Poultry: 1,100-5000 birds,
Aquaculture 2500-5000 fish.
(ii) Registered companies operating in any of the eligible 3 value chains in the state.
(iii) Minimum size for small holder.
(iv) Individual medium farms with more than 10ha and less that 50ha, employing a minimum of 5 workers.
(ii) Graduates from university and colleges of agriculture, or
(iii) Minimum of secondary school leaving certificate, and being in business on selected value chains for at least 18 months at the time of submission; or
(iv) Registered company or cooperative society with at least 3 members who have met the criteria, and established with no less than 6 months of age at the time of submission
(v) Inclusion of at least 10% Person with Disability (PWD)
COMPONENT 2: Primary Processing, Value Addition, Post-Harvest Management And Women And Youth Empowerment.
COMPONENT 3: Infrastructure Support to Agri-Business.
COMPONENT 4: Technical Assistance, Knowledge Management and Communication.
COMPONENT 5: Project Management and Coordination.
1. Technology Demonstration and Adoption
2. Women and Youth Empowerment.