The Federal Government is to partner the World Bank and Japanese government to enhance the productivity and market linkage of Fadama farmers through a new project on information and knowledge services.
The World Bank and Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) would provide a new grant of $2.743 million which would be implemented over a period of four years from January 2012 to December 2015.
World Bank Country Director, Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, said during the formal launch of the project in Abuja that the project aimed to improve agricultural potential through the use of mobile-based agricultural advisory services.
It would be piloted in four states, including Cross River, Sokoto, Lagos and Yobe. She said: “Better access to information through improved information technology is expected to reduce marketing and transportation cost, encourage farmers to take informed risks and participate in markets. This is in line with the drastic change in information technology taking place across African markets.”