Strengthening Advocacy for Small Scale Producers (SSPs) Project Implemented by NABG

Strengthening Advocacy for Small Scale Producers (SSPs) Project Implemented by NABG

Background:

The Strengthening Advocacy for Small Scale Producers (SSPs) Project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and implemented by the Nigerian Agribusiness Group (NABG), aims to improve the livelihoods of Nigeria’s 40 million small-scale producers. Most of these producers are subsistence farmers with an average farm size of less than a hectare and productivity levels among the lowest globally. This has left them economically unviable, financially excluded, and vulnerable. Recognizing these challenges, the SSPs Project focuses on advocating for institutional reforms and policies that enhance the viability and competitiveness of small-scale producers, ensuring inclusive sustainable growth.

To achieve these goals, the SSPs Project involves several key components designed to strengthen NABG’s capacity and advocacy efforts. One significant initiative is the establishment of a Policy Analysis Intervention Fund. This fund will support policy studies, inform policy recommendations, develop a knowledge platform for policy reports and documentation, and disseminate information to stakeholders. Additionally, the project will support the development of a five-year strategic plan for NABG, create cross-learning opportunities for the NABG team, and provide technical staff to enhance the potency and effectiveness of the NABG secretariat.

Developing a robust NABG membership platform is another critical component of the SSPs Project. This will be achieved through presidential roundtables and national economic council meetings, serving as key outlets to advocate for the development and implementation of national and state-level agribusiness policies. These policies will focus on the productivity of small-scale producers, and gender and youth inclusion. The project will also foster off-taking opportunities with major industry players for commodity aggregation, promoting a win-win culture for both the off-takers and the smallholder farmers, thereby increasing the income of the latter.

Furthermore, the SSPs Project will work on developing commodity standards and ratings in collaboration with relevant agencies such as the Ministry of Trade and Investment and the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON). The focus will be on reviewing, approving, and publishing standards and ratings for key commodities like vegetables, maize, and soybeans. This initiative aims to enhance the quality and marketability of these commodities, benefiting both producers and consumers.

A pivotal aspect of the SSPs Project is the advocacy for a national integrated agribusiness agenda. This agenda will serve as a roadmap for engaging small-scale producers and developing Nigeria’s agribusiness environment. NABG will use platforms such as the Presidential Roundtables and the Nigeria Governors Forum to advocate for this agenda, which will inform the development of future national or sub-national plans for the agriculture sector, including the proposed Medium-term National Development Plans (2026-2030), Nigeria Agenda 2050, and state government agricultural agendas. By leading the development of this agenda in collaboration with key stakeholders in government, the private sector, and associations, NABG aims to drive inclusive and sustainable growth in Nigeria’s agricultural sector, ensuring that small-scale producers become viable and competitive players in the market.

Planning and Coordination of Micro Reforms for African Agribusiness in Nigeria – MIRA Project

Planning and Coordination of Micro Reforms for African Agribusiness in Nigeria – MIRA Project

Background

MIRA Nigeria was implemented under a grant awarded by AGRA to NABG for the period from February 15, 2016 to October 31, 2018.

The MIRA project aims to measurably improve policy and regulatory enabling environments for private sector investment in local agribusinesses that serve smallholder farmers in Nigeria.

The expected project outcomes include:

  1. Government buy-in to the need for regulatory reforms.
  2. Reform regulations drafted, reform regulations approved, approved regulations implemented.
  3. Raising the private sector awareness of domestic and international private sector investors of the reformed regulations in Nigeria.
  4. National policy systems have skills to track and improve investment conditions facing agribusiness in fixing the agricultural value chains.
  5. National policy systems have budget resources to track and improve investment conditions facing smallholder agribusinesses in value chain development and for the private sector to be formally recognized and well-represented in agricultural policy structures and processes.

The project objective is focused on planning and coordination to achieve the following specific objectives:

  1. Strengthen the demand by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) and other relevant government agencies of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to reform policies and regulations that unintentionally limit smallholder private sector investments in agribusinesses and value chain development.
  2. Support FMARD and the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s effort to reform policies and regulations that limit smallholder private sector investment in agribusinesses and value chain development.
  3. Promote reformed policies and regulations to raise awareness and to attract local and international private sector investors of the improved agribusiness enabling environments in Nigeria.
  4. Enhance the capacity and commitment of FMARD and the Federal Government of Nigeria’s to continuously review, assess and reform policies and regulations that limit smallholder private sector investment in value chain development activities.

The project activities are focused on the following:

  1. Coordinate activities to strengthen FMARD, Federal Republic of Nigeria’s demand for regulatory reforms, by supporting efforts to identify and assess regulations that unintentionally limit private sector investment in smallholder value chains
  2. Coordinate activities to support the FMARD, Federal Republic of Nigeria’s efforts to reform policies and regulations that limit smallholder private sector investment in value chain development
  3. Coordinate activities to promote reformed policies and regulations to attract local and international private sector investors, in order to raise awareness about improved agribusiness enabling environments in Nigeria
  4. Manage activities to enhance the capacity and commitment of FMARD and the Federal Republic of Nigeria to continuously review, assess and reform policies and regulations that limit smallholder private sector investments in value chain development
Country Agribusiness Partnerships Framework (CAP-F) Project

Country Agribusiness Partnerships Framework (CAP-F) Project

Background

The Country Agribusiness Partnerships Framework (CAP-F) is a mechanism for establishing effective public private engagement to create agribusiness partnerships in a country. It facilitates the alignment of private sector investments commitments with public sector policy/infrastructure obligations and provides a mechanism for all parties to hold each other accountable for their obligations.

In the absence of strong policy alignment and coordinating structures within the sector to support value chains, private sector investment intentions do not always translate into commercial value chain activities. Such linkages are important in generating shared value and ensuring long-term collaboration among sector players. Grow Africa is currently working towards addressing these issues using a CAADP tool called the CAP-F.

CAP-F is was implemented under a grant awarded by AGRA for the period of April 20, 2021 to April 14, 2022 (13 months) to the Nigeria Agribusiness Group (NABG) to carry out the project titled, “Support the implementation and operationalization of the Country Agribusiness Partnership Framework (CAP-F)” (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Project’).

The project aimed to mobilize private sector organizations to invest in and support the implementation of the Government of Nigeria’s Agriculture Promotion Policy (APP). Private sector engagement is expected to enhance:

  1. Agriculture as a business and enable NABG to facilitate public private dialogues (PPDs) that mobilizes domestic and foreign private sector investment in the agriculture sector using agriculture as a driver of economic growth.
  2. Enterprise development of commodity value chains for crop, livestock and fisheries sub-sectors especially around input supply, production, storage, processing/utilization, marketing and consumption.

The milestones for the project included;

  1. Increased mutual accountability in the agriculture sector
    1. 3 agriculture sector working group meetings achieved in 2021
    2. 1 agriculture sector working group meeting achieved in 2022

2. Identification of innovative rural development solutions identified and documented

    1. 1 rural development solution identified and documented in 2021

3. Knowledge management products developed

    1. 9 knowledge management products developed in 2021

4. New partnerships formed among value chain actors

    1. 15 new public-private partnerships formed to drive specific aspects of the value chain at regional, national and sub-national levels