Published on May 30, 2016
1. Agriculture is the economic mainstay of the majority of households in Ni- geria. However, agricultural productivity for food and its contributions to national income has been on the decline in the last 3 decades. Nigeria is currently one of the four leading food importing countries in the world. The high rate of poverty, food insecurity and youth unemployment in Ni- geria presents an opportunity for agriculture led economic growth which can secure a prosperous future for some of the country’s poorest people. The opportunities that are inherent in the agricultural sector prompted the Government of Nigeria (GON) to initiate the Agricultural Transforma- tion Agenda (ATA) in 2012. • baCkground • To identify and promote science-based solutions for cassava, rice and sorghum value chains through technology veriﬁcation, production and diﬀusion of quality seed and planting material underpinned by sound seed systems • To enhance skills acquisition and hence job creation through the deve- lopment of agribusiness, processing and marketing, and the promotion of youth entrepreneurship. • objeCtives Component 1: Technology veriﬁcation and extension with activities on (1) Technology veriﬁcation, (2) seed systems, planting material production and diﬀusion Component 2: Skills development with activities on (1) agribusiness de- velopment, (2) processing and marketing, and (3) promotion of youth en- trepreneurship in agriculture. Component 3: Project management. • metHodology • 87 demonstrations were deployed to 18 communities within seven Local Government Areas (LGAS) across Kano-Jigawa and Sokoto-Kebbi SCPZs • 7 participatory technology evaluation were carried out across 2 SCPZ. Results led to recommendation of release of 2 new sorghum varieties • Mid season evaluation of 87 demonstrations across the 2 SCPZs were also conducted by group of scientists and farmer organizations during the ﬁeld visit • 39 women and 11 men lead farmers and out-growers were trained in sorghum seed production technologies. • 117 men and 81 women youth participants from 100 youth and women groups in the 2 SCPZs attended the training on use of small and medium scale machines • Agreement were signed with Business partners to facilitate the supply of 20,000 metric tons of sorghum in 2016 • 2 trainings attended by 98 youth and women processors (62 men and 36 women) where conducted on technologies to reduce post-harvest losses of sorghum • 2 Trainings and demonstration were conducted on the use and main- tenance of hammer mill and hammer mill with the cyclone to 100 youth and women groups in the 2 SCPZs. • results and main aCHievements • Current and PartnersHis future engagements for out sCaling Opportunities exist for high impact • High Industrial demand • Market opportunities • Available technologies • Interest by Opinion leaders • Political support. • ConClusions The project is collaborating with a whole lots of stakeholders and business interest to ensure success and sustainability. Research ARCN, IAR ABU Zaria, NCAM, NSPRI, LCRI, NAERLS, CDA BUK, UDUS, IITA, AfricaRice Commercial Seed companies, Processing comp., Fabricators Inputoutput Mkt Development WAAPP, WASP, State ADPs, CRS, WOFAN, GSARDI, IFAD-CBARDP, LGAs, Media PolicyRegulatory FMARD, NASC, State Ministry. Nigeria Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program-1: Sorghum Outreach Program Hakeem A. Ajeigbe and Ignatius Angarawai International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Kano Station, Kano Nigeria Corresponding author email: firstname.lastname@example.org Partnerships: Dr G. Tarawali IITA Dr R. Okechwukwu (IITA) Dr P. Idinoba (AfricaRice Eng H Akwashiki (FMARD) Prof D. Aba (IAR) Dr Teddy Ngu (Honeywell Groups) Mr Sadiq Usman (Nigeria Flour Mills).