In its capacity as the continental leader for Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D), and leveraging on its convening role, FARA is initiating partnerships with selected African governments at state level to be part of a program that seeks to create better access to technologies, business models, knowledge and market opportunities as a way of mitigating the challenges of youth unemployment and migrations as well as food and nutrition insecurity in the continent.
Inspired upon a tripod of opportunities offered by science and technology, emerging regionals markets and new leadership in Africa, the program, when launched shall devote emphasis on youth empowerment and agribusiness. Countries billed to be part of the program initially are Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria. Among the states being considered for this program are Jigawa, Kaduna and Kano states of Northern Nigeria.
FARA was received in Jigawa by the State Deputy Governor, Barrister Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia. FARA representative, Dr Abdulrazak Ibrahim explained that the idea of involving the state governments in the program was in recognition of their agrarian nature and the increased production being propelled by the National and State Governments’ commitment to agricultural sector in the drive to diversify National economy due to declining oil price. Recalling the efforts of the administration of Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, which is currently making efforts to develop a robust agribusiness development model in the state, Mr. Hadejia thanked FARA for offering such a timely helping hand to the state, which is currently making several efforts to develop a robust Agribusiness development.
In Kano, Dr Ibrahim was received by Professor M. I. Daneji, the Managing Director, Kano State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority, who stood in for the state commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna. Assuring Kano State’s readiness in partnering with FARA in the proposed program, Prof. Daneji thanked FARA for the proposed partnership.
A similar discussion was initiated with Kaduna State Investment Promotion Agency (KADIPA), whose Executive Secretary, Mr. Gambo Hamzat assured FARA of full participation in the program.
Moving forward, a high powered delegation from Jigawa State, led by the Deputy Governor, is already planning a visit to FARA secretariat to continue the discussions and work out strategic details of the program.