Nigerians who farm for a living often face low harvests and sales, which threatens the population’s livelihoods, access to food, and health.
Final Report: Maximizing Agricultural Revenue and Key Enterprises in Targeted Sites II.
Project Report | December 31, 2017
The Maximizing Agricultural Revenue and Key Enterprises in Targeted Sites (MARKETS II) project launched in April 2012 to promote sustainable agriculture development by increasing private sector participation and investment, raising income, increasing employment, attaining food security, and reducing poverty.
MARKETS II supported the U.S. government’s Feed the Future initiative, the government of Nigeria’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA), and its succeeding Agriculture Promotion Policy 2016 – 2020 (also known as the Green Alternative). Through a market-demand value chain orientation, the project focused on the large population of smallholders with between 1 to 5 hectares of land under cultivation, which make up the vast majority of all farmland in Nigeria. The project’s systemic approach addressed limitations and opportunities in all of the value chain segments that could have an impact on the smallholder farmer’s food security and income, as illustrated in the graphic on the following page.