MARKETS II is working with poor rural farmers and smallholders in Nigeria to improve performance, income, and nutrition through private sector-driven market interventions. To this end, PfD is working with 20 agricultural producer associations to strengthen their organizational, financial, and administrative capacity, allowing them to manage donor funds and increase productivity.
In January 2015, PfD signed an agreement with Chemonics to participate in its USAID-funded MARKETS II project to provide institutional capacity building to selected smallholder agricultural producers and processors in three states in Nigeria.
The first MARKETS activity was a highly successful program that fostered private sector-led agricultural productivity, advanced agriculture and trade policy reform, improved farmers’ access to new agricultural technologies, and strengthened both public and private institutions. MARKETS II will deepen and extend the MARKETS model with the aim to improve the performance of Nigerian poor rural farmers or smallholders, their incomes and nutrition through proven private sector demand driven market interventions. The program focuses on smallholder farmers who cultivate between 1 and 5 hectares of land, up to 80% of whom are women.
As a part of the MARKETS II Project, PfD is working to strengthen the capacity of 20 agricultural producer associations in financial, administrative and group dynamics in Nigeria’s Delta, Edo and Rivers states, enabling them to effectively manage donor funds, provide valuable services that will enable recipients to increase their productivity. PfD has been collaborating with the MARKETS program since its inception, especially in the development of the Nigerian Agricultural Enterprise Curriculum (NAEC), which PfD has integrated into many of the business development services trainings it has conducted over the years for agricultural entrepreneurs.