In 2022, we were able to train more than 15.000 smallholder farmers in Nigeria as part of our AGRAR project. In the first phase of the project, we have already reached 30.000 smallholders. By the end of 2023, we want to have reached more than 60,000 smallholder farmers with our measures.
Our AGRAR project in Nigeria
AGRAR focuses on three key areas of development: (1) development of sustainable agronomic practices, (2) corporate governance related to agricultural production, and (3) effective cooperative formation. These measures lead to improved agricultural practices, the creation of rural prosperity and productive synergies within the ecosystem and value chain.
Our program to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers is part of the planned measures of the AFOS INGO AGRAR Phase II project (March 2021 to December 2024). The aim is to build capacity of smallholder farmers in Nigeria through a training programme on good agricultural practices and farm management. These are mainly the value chains of the production of cereals and pulses, poultry, aquaculture, cashews and cassava. The skills of smallholders are being expanded in order to achieve higher yields and thus higher incomes.
AFOS Nigeria signs AHK agreement for TVET courses
In order to achieve these goals, cooperation with local stakeholders is essential. We are therefore very pleased that AFOS Nigeria concluded a cooperation agreement with the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria in December 2022. The aim of the cooperation is to adapt our educational offers – the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and the work of an Agricultural Training Centre (ATC) initiated by AFOS – to national and international certification standards.
Trainees will receive certificates with global relevance in the future
Through this cooperation, the parties involved have the opportunity to actively exchange ideas and adapt their curricula accordingly. It allows the development and implementation of joint processes for the adaptation of the AFOS TVET programme and the ATC offering. Valuable learning processes at various levels are made possible. In the future, smallholder farmers in Nigeria will have the opportunity to acquire certificates with global relevance.
The AFOS Foundation wants to work with national and international institutions to align and compare their program offerings. At the same time, AFOS promotes the provision of training at the highest level as part of its AGRAR ll project in Nigeria.