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Food security: 900 youths, women benefit from FG, IFAD project in Edo

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 Nine hundred youths and women in Edo are benefitting from a phased funded agribusiness programme known as the Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprise in the Niger Delta LIFE ND The Project Coordinator LIFE ND in Edo Mr Jude Ekpu disclosed this at a one day orientation organised for the beneficiaries on Thursday in Benin The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the LIFE ND project in Edo is being funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD Federal and Edo governments Ekpu stated that the project which started in 2020 had so far empowered 1 150 youths and women in the state in the first phase of the project He said that at the onset of the project 250 youths and women were trained and graduated According to the LIFE ND coordinator the project aimed at building young entrepreneurs across the value chains of four commodities mainly poultry fishery cassava and rice Today we are conducting orientation for another batch of beneficiaries Across the state we have selected about 900 youths and women to participate in this second phase of the project The project will run for six years in the first instance after which additional financing will be sourced for another six years Basically the project is to be for 12 years Our ultimate goal is for the beneficiaries to set up independent businesses and improve on the economy in the various communities he said Ekpu disclosed that the orientation programme was taking place simultaneously in 52 communities across 10 local government areas of Edo He listed the local governments as Uhunwode Ovia North East Orhionwon Ikpoba Okha Esan West Esan North East Esan South East Owan West Etsako Central and Akoko Edo Also the National Project Coordinator Mr Sanni Abiodun commended Gov Godwin Obaseki for the payment of the counterpart fund for the project Abiodun represented by Mr Anthonia Esenwa the Project s Business Coordinator in the Niger Delta said it was designed and implemented as an incubation model The LIFE ND project is being implemented based on an agribusiness incubation model patterned after the model of the Igbo business apprenticeship strategy to train and empower youths and women According to him the project does not give out cash rather it supports the beneficiaries with inputs they require to set up the agribusiness The State Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security Stephen Idehenre said government was committed to empowering youths and women positively through agriculture Idehenre noted that the state government had created an enabling environment for agriculture and agribusiness to thrive in the state He urged them to be ambassadors of the state in agribusiness by allowing their successes tell the story He said they were were carefully selected because government needed people interested in agriculture and agribusiness This programme is geared towards lifting you out of poverty the commissioner said NewsSourceCredit NAN
Food security: 900 youths, women benefit from FG, IFAD project in Edo

1 Nine hundred youths and women in Edo are benefitting from a phased funded agribusiness programme known as the Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprise in the Niger Delta (LIFE-ND).

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2 The Project Coordinator, LIFE-ND in Edo, Mr Jude Ekpu, disclosed this at a one-day orientation, organised for the beneficiaries on Thursday in Benin.

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3 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the LIFE-ND project in Edo is being funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Federal and Edo governments.

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4 Ekpu stated that the project, which started in 2020, had so far empowered 1,150 youths and women in the state in the first phase of the project.

5 He said that at the onset of the project, 250 youths and women were trained and graduated.

6 According to the LIFE-ND coordinator, the project aimed at building young entrepreneurs across the value chains of four commodities mainly poultry, fishery, cassava and rice.

7 Today, we are conducting orientation for another batch of beneficiaries.

8 “Across the state, we have selected about 900 youths and women to participate in this second phase of the project.

9 “The project will run for six years in the first instance, after which additional financing will be sourced for another six years.

10 Basically, the project is to be for 12 years.

11 “Our ultimate goal is for the beneficiaries to set up independent businesses and improve on the economy in the various communities,” he said.

12 Ekpu disclosed that the orientation programme was taking place simultaneously in 52 communities across 10 local government areas of Edo.
He listed the local governments as Uhunwode, Ovia North-East, Orhionwon, Ikpoba-Okha, Esan West, Esan North-East, Esan South-East, Owan West, Etsako Central and Akoko-Edo.
Also, the National Project Coordinator, Mr Sanni Abiodun, commended Gov. Godwin Obaseki for the payment of the counterpart fund for the project.

13 Abiodun, represented by Mr Anthonia Esenwa, the Project’s Business Coordinator in the Niger Delta, said it was designed and implemented as an incubation model.

14 “The LIFE-ND project is being implemented based on an agribusiness incubation model patterned after the model of the Igbo business apprenticeship strategy to train and empower youths and women.

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According to him, the project does not give out cash, rather it supports the beneficiaries with inputs they require to set up the agribusiness.

16 The State Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Stephen Idehenre, said government was committed to empowering youths and women positively through agriculture.

17 Idehenre noted that the state government had created an enabling environment for agriculture and agribusiness to thrive in the state.

18 He urged them to be ambassadors of the state in agribusiness by allowing their successes tell the story.

19 He said they were were carefully selected because government needed people interested in agriculture and agribusiness.

“This programme is geared towards lifting you out of poverty,” the commissioner said.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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