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It is a culture in most of Africa to feed the guest first before bothering about lodging. In the face of rapid population growth, let's think Agriculture first.
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Financing (and other) challenges faced by individual smallholder farmers can be overcome when they pull together in a cooperative.
+International Day of Cooperatives
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Consolidate if you're already winning
Increase your desire if you're not
Rethink your approach if you're losing;
Take this half and make it yours. OwnIt!
+Happy New Month
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NIRSAL, AfDB, IITA: Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT).

For two days, key figures in Africa's agricultural landscape converged on Abuja for a technical session that sought to fit continental technologies and initiatives into a Nigerian scope through NIRSAL.

The two-day session saw Mr. Aliyu Abdulhameed, NIRSAL's CEO, play host to Dr. Martin Fregene, AfDB's Director of Agriculture and Agro-Industry and his team of Commodity Compact leaders, Dr. Kenton Dashiell, IITA's Deputy Director-General of Partnerships for Delivery, Officials from FMARD and experts from Kenya, Rwanda and other parts of Africa.

The meeting at NIRSAL came on the heels of the 4th Global Cassava Conference and Meeting of TAAT Compact Leaders held in the Republic of Benin recently. The AfDB has pledged to invest $120million over the next three years to boost productivity in nine commodities in Africa which include cassava, rice, maize, sorghum/millet, wheat, livestock, aquaculture, high iron beans and orange-fleshed sweet potatoes. The transformation of these nine commodities will be achieved through TAAT, the platform for driving the Feed Africa strategy of AfDB.

TAAT is a multi-donor financing platform, established to help take proven agricultural technologies to scale across Africa.
While Mr. Abdulhameed painted a picture of the medium and long term goals and benefits of TAAT to Nigeria through NIRSAL, he mentioned that the platform would in the short term support farmers under the CBN's Anchor Borrowers' Programme to improve their yields and grow the economy.
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6/29/18
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The Drug problem means that, while we may be 200million in number, we may not be 200million strong. Drug Abuse downgrades our collective socio-economic strengths. Stand against it.
+International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, 26 June
+United Nations
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NIRSAL, DAWN COMMISSION MEET AGAIN

Three months have passed since NIRSAL was first invited by the Dawn Commission – a development committee of South-Western States – to help it think up agricultural ideas for rapid regional development and prosperity. As a testament to the success of that first contact, another meeting – an expanded one – was held last week.

The goal is to prepare agricultural commodity value chain templates for each of the member states to serve as information bases for discussing agricultural development with governments of the region and financial institutions. These engagements would also serve to help the commission propose the optimization of existing agricultural schemes to their respective governments and the need for synergy and collaborations across states.

Agribusiness opportunities abound in Nigeria’s South-West, especially in Cocoa. The region is the reason for Nigeria’s high ranking in global cocoa production – 5th, and for the export of cocoa beans worth N14.5billion in 2017. The South-West also enjoys production advantages in Oil Palm, Cotton, Cassava, Yam, Rice, Aquaculture and Livestock.

Arable land in the South-West is estimated at 890,000km2, of which only 380,000 is under cultivation. To activate more land for agricultural primary production, sizeable investments need to go into land development, and diverse initiatives for agricultural real estate acquisition and use put forward.

A colossal member of the Dawn Commission is the paradoxical Lagos: smallest state by land mass, but largest in population – 22million people (estimated). Lagos has an immense market for red meat and rice, and a grave need for the economic empowerment of women and youth. Within the scope of NIRSAL’s engagement with Dawn Commission are achievable targets of a 159hectare Feedlot for livestock, and the development of a Coconut value chain with community processing centers along the coastlines.

As has been mentioned, a lot is achievable in the South-West with regards to agriculture. Annual rainfall is good, the region has comparative advantage in several crops and the labour force is young and strong. NIRSAL is excited about this journey with the South-West through the Dawn Commission.
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6/26/18
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Here to Transform. Here to Impact. Here to deliver Value.
+Nirsalconnect: Here To Serve.
+United Nations Public Service Day, 23 June +United Nations
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How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. - George Washington Carver
+World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 15 June
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May today's celebration fill your heart with joy.
+Eid Mubarak
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