Buoyed by a successful implementation of a spate of developmental objectives under the Value Chain Development Program (VCDP), the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are partnering to convene a National Workshop on the Commodity Alliance Forum (CAF).
The CAF which was pioneered by the VCDP in six states of Anambra, Benue, Ebonyi, Niger, Ogun and Taraba successfully galvanized smallholder farmers’ productivity and access to markets in the rice and cassava value chains using the innovative Public Private Producer Partnership (4ps) model.
According to the IFAD Value Chain Development Programme Knowledge Management and Communication Advisor, Mrs Vera Onyilo, the CAF is a strategic partnership between farmers, key private sector players and government to facilitate business transactions, knowledge sharing, as well as policy dialogue, an initiative that has culminated into ready market for the farmers as well as access to extension services, agro inputs and financial services.
The ensuing CAF stakeholders relationship has yielded significant results, a major one being the receipt of 150,000mt of rice paddy from rural farmers in the six States. This represents an estimated income of USD63.6 million to the hands of the rural smallholder farmers. From a macroeconomic parameter, it represents 150,000mt import substitution and USD63.6 million foreign exchange savings to Nigeria, hence a great support to the Nigerian government’s agricultural promotion policy – which primarily targets import substitution.
Sharing his thoughts, Richard-Mark Mbaram, CEO of AgroNigeria and Strategic Consultant of the CAF Workshop notes that the 4Ps Model of CAF “has resulted in a major accomplishment for the current administration’s agricultural development efforts which has the clear potential for rapid, inclusive calibration of productivity across the country and across value-chains. It is therefore fitting that the VCDP seeks to replicate the CAF model across the country”.
The Workshop themed: Partnership for Enhancing Productivity and Marketing for Sustainable Agri-Business, is scheduled to hold from October 30 – 31st, 2018 at the Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Abuja.
The Event is expected to converge players in the commodity value chains to share their knowledge and experiences, in a bid to guarantee increased private sector participation in agricultural commodity development in Nigeria, while also charting a roadmap for the establishment of the Commodity Alliance Forum (CAF) in the 36 States of the country, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).