Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: WAAP Commits U.S.$56 Million to Agric

The West Africa Agriculture Productivity Programme (WAAP), Nigeria, has earmarked $56 million to grow and strengthen agriculture in Nigeria for five years.

WAAP National Project Coordinator Professor Damian Chikwendu who made this known, said the money will be used to improve aquaculture, livestock, cereals and roots and tubers.

"This amount is made up of $30 million sub regional International Development Association (IDA), $15 million Nigeria IDA, a counterpart funding of $5 million from the Federal Government and another $6 million from the Global Food Crisis Response Programme (GFPR)," he said.

Chikwendu said during the period, the project will strengthen mechanisms for the generation, dissemination and adoption of improved technologies, and make agriculture more productive and sustainable.

A WAAP document obtained in Abuja shows that the programme is working in partnership with related research institutes in Nigeria to achieve its goal of regional integration through ensuring food security across West Africa.

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