Delegates from the World Bank Sponsored APPEALS Project Visits IITA GoSeed, IITA-BIP, Others.
The National Coordinating Office (NCO) and the Lagos Project Office of the Agro-processing Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) project paid a courtesy visit to IITA-BIP on August 28, 2019. The APPEALS project which started in 2017 is implemented by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and sponsored by World Bank with a development objective to enhance agricultural productivity of small and medium scale farmers and improve value addition along priority value chains in the participating states in the country.
The aim of the visit is to explore opportunities for collaboration across the different agricultural value chains commercialized by IITA-BIP.
The APPEALS team was led by Mrs. Heather Akanni, the National Women, Youths and Livelihood Specialist at the APPEALS NCO. The IITA team, led by Dr. Kenton Dashiell, IITA Deputy Director General, Partnerships for Delivery hosted the team, engaging them in a discussion and tour around the IITA premises. Mrs. Akanni revealed that 60,000 people drawn from six states (Kogi, Cross-River, Lagos, Enugu, Kano and Kaduna) are expected to participate in the APPEALS project before its closure in 2023. Of this target population, 35%, i.e., 21,000 would be women and youths, and people with disabilities and special needs will be given special consideration. The APPEALS project is set to to empower participants in the target groups who have interest in agribusiness, including production, processing and marketing.
Damilola Akinsiku and Olajide Oladejo of IITA GoSeed engaging the APPEALS team on the IITA GoSeed Soybean field
Dr. Kenton Dashiell assured the APPEALS team that IITA is open to partnerships and that innovative programs can be designed for the different focus groups including those with special abilities.
The APPEALS delegates were taken on a tour around IITA to showcase the different initiatives of the IITA Business Incubation Platform including Nodumax, Aflasafe, Agriserve, the IITA Youth Agripreneurs, and the IITA GoSeed Soybean field.
Mrs. Akanni, in her vote of thanks to the IITA team, declared that the visit was a productive one, emphasizing the project’s readiness to partner with IITA-BIP towards transforming more lives in Nigeria.