THE International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD, and the Anambra State government in southeastern Nigeria have empowered 30 farmers in the state with modern knap-sack sprayers and kits on safe and effective methods of agro chemical application in the farms.
The beneficiaries, drawn from the five pilot local government areas (LGA) of Ayamelum, Anambra East, Anambra West, Awka North and Orumba North, had earlier undergone a training program on the use of the equipment at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, IITA, Ibadan, Oyo State, southwestern Nigeria.
The Anambra State program coordinator of the Value Chain Development Program, Mr. Emma Agwuncha said that the training became necessary following the discovery that most of the farmers using the spray machines, did so wrongly.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries. It was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference. IFAD’s goal is to empower rural women and men in developing countries to achieve higher incomes and improved food security. The strategic policy of IFAD is detailed in Strategic Framework for IFAD 2011–2015: Enabling the Rural Poor to Overcome Poverty. Its headquarters is in Rome, Italy, and is a member of the United Nations Development Group. Nigeria’s Kanayo F. Nwanze, is the current President of IFAD.
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) works with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture, with the ultimate goals of reducing hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. IITA’s research-for-development (R4D) focuses on addressing the development needs of tropical countries. The institute was established in 1967 and is headquartered in Ibadan, Nigeria, with several research stations across Africa. IITA is a nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Trustees, supported by several countries and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).
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