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Improving Livelihoods and Promoting Market-Led Development in Nigeria

To improve livelihoods in Nigeria, the Promoting Pro-Poor Opportunities in Commodity and Service Markets project accelerated growth in the agriculture sector by enhancing private investment, increasing access to farm equipment and fertilizer, and improving agricultural policy.
Funded by the U.K. Department for International Development, the Promoting Pro-Poor Opportunities in Commodity and Service Markets (PrOpCom) project promoted functionality and efficiency in Nigerian commodity and service markets. It facilitated basic changes to market systems to improve market operations and increase profits and revenue, while ensuring benefits to the poor from these market interventions.
Through the project, Chemonics strengthened five important agricultural components: rice production, financial services, fertilizer distribution, farm mechanization, and agricultural policy. The program emphasizeed market-led development, linking market developments to policy reform.
To increase crop productivity, the project expanded farmers’ access to affordable farm technology and made such items as fertilizer available in small units. Ensuring farmers have the right tools to improve crop yields is a crucial part of the larger effort to develop supportive policies that lead to a well-regulated and business-friendly environment. 
Project Results:
  • 93,000 beneficiaries in northern Nigeria benefited from rice intervention, generating $24.3 million in increased income and creating 15,114 jobs.
  • 1,973,163 farmers benefited from fertilizer interventions, creating 1,760 jobs and increasing net income by $56.6 million.
  • 49,000 beneficiaries reached through improved access to farm technologies, creating almost 11,000 jobs and an additional $30.9 million in net income.
  • 185,000 farmers affected by improved agricultural policies in Kano, Ogun, and Adamawa states.
  • PrOpCom expects $40.4 million in total investment in agricultural markets in Nigeria.
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Project Duraction: 2002 - 2011


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