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Nigeria faces numerous challenges in its agricultural sector, including poor land tenure, low irrigation farming, climate change, and limited market access. These challenges hinder agricultural productivity and contribute to declining food sufficiency levels despite the sector's significant contribution to the economy. With a rapidly growing population, enhancing agriculture productivity by adopting new technologies and innovations is crucial to ensure food and nutrition security. The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) has worked in Nigeria for nearly two decades, empowering smallholder farmers and implementing various projects and programs. These initiatives include the Developing Agri Inputs Market in Nigeria (DAIMINA) program, Nigeria Fertilizer Voucher Program, West Africa Fertilizer Program (WAFP), and the 2SCALE program. IFDC's interventions focus on sustainable agricultural practices, eco-efficient technologies, digital tools, and market systems to improve crop and animal productivity, food security, and food quality and safety standards. This report provides an overview of IFDC's interventions in Nigeria during 2021-2022, highlighting the alignment of activities with the Government Action Plan and the significant results achieved. It showcases projects such as HortiNigeria, which aims to develop a sustainable and inclusive horticulture sector, and EnGRAIS, which promotes the availability and use of affordable fertilizers for smallholder farmers. The report also outlines IFDC's involvement in initiatives like TRIMING, RRA, and AfricaFertilizer, each contributing to agricultural development and resilience. Furthermore, the report emphasizes the alignment of IFDC's projects with Nigeria's agricultural policy, as demonstrated by the National Agricultural Technology and Innovation Policy (NATIP). This policy seeks to transform the agri-food system, incorporate technology and innovation, and drive economic and social change through public and private sector investments in agriculture and rural development. IFDC's interventions in Nigeria have been instrumental in empowering smallholder farmers, improving agricultural productivity, and fostering food and nutrition security. By implementing innovative technologies, market systems approaches, and sustainable practices, IFDC has made significant contributions to Nigeria's agricultural sector, aligning with the country's agricultural policy and promoting long-lasting economic and social change.
Food security, Poverty alleviation, Agricultural productivity, Agricultural Inputs