Nigeria's effort to ensure food sufficiency through the World Bank sponsored National Fadama Programme has been acclaimed as one of the most successful agric community based demand driven development programmes.
Director-General of the Gambia Agency for Management of Public Works (GAMWORKS), Ebrima Chams, said Nigeria's fadama programme has been rated one of the most successful by the World Bank.
Speaking while on a familiarization tour to Nigeria to study the model of the programme so as to replicate it in his home country, Chams said both Gambia and Nigeria have similar agric challenges such as the importation rice among others.
"From our tour, you can see the sustainability of the project especially among women who are improving the value chain of their produce especially in some of the northern states where we saw animal husbandry. It clearly shows that the project has been empowering people such as women, youths, and the physically challenged," he said.
National Programme Coordinator of the Fadama, Tayo Adewumi, said Nigeria would continue to work to improve areas of challenges in running the programme to improve the living standard of Nigerians.