ABOUT APPEALS PROJECT:
Agro-Processing Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support Project (APPEALS) is a world bank assisted Programme designed to strengthen agricultural production system and facilitate access to market for targeted value chains among small and medium scale commercial farmers in the six (6) participating states of Nigeria namely: Cross River, Enugu, Kaduna, Kano, Kogi and Lagos. The project is in line with Agricultural Promotion Policy of the Federal Government, which builds in the legacy of agricultural transformation agenda and plan to support policy thrust on food security, local productions, job creation and economic diversification. The policy thrust has three key thematic areas; productivity enhancement, crowding in private investment and federal ministry of agriculture and rural development institutional re-alignment with a focus on improving ease of doing business in Nigeria.
The priority Value chains for Kano state are Rice, Wheat and Tomato. Component 2 of the Project targeted Primary Processing, Value Addition, Post-Harvest Management and Women and Youth Empowerment.
The Project Development Objective (PDO) is to enhance agricultural productivity of small and medium scale farmers and improve value addition along three priority value chains of Rice, Wheat and Tomato in Kano State.
The PDO will be achieved through supporting farmers’ productivity and their linkage to markets, facilitating consolidation of agricultural products and cottage processing, facilitating farmers and small and medium businesses’ clustering and connection to infrastructure network and business services, providing technical assistance (TA) and institutional support both to beneficiaries, and state government in value chain development. Increased productivity, production, and improving processing and marketing of the targeted value chains are expected to foster job creation especially among unemployed Women and Youths as well as People With Disability and Special Needs along value chains.
Priority will be accorded to value chains with short-cycle, quick income generating high value products for livelihood improvement, particularly suitable for women and youth businesses such as horticulture, poultry and aquaculture.
The Project has five (5) major components of which Sub-component 2.1 is on Women and Youth empowerment. This consists of provision of Technical Assistance in business planning, grants to finance sub-projects, and mentorship for start-up or consolidation of existing women and youth led businesses, as individuals or group beneficiaries. It is expected that about 1,700 women and youths will directly benefit from the grant mechanism under the sub-component.
2.0 KANO STATE GOVERNMENT ACHIEVEMENTS ON WOMEN AND YOUTH EMPOWERMENT UNDER APPEALS
2.1: Enhancing Agricultural Productivity:
The State Government under the project has conducted technology demonstrations in Production and Processing of Rice, Tomato and Wheat to various Commodity Interest Groups (CIGs) of both youth and women with a view to enhancing their production. In the light of this, the State Coordinating Office conducted 27 number of technology demonstrations consisting 3,962 (M2638: F1324) number of participants with the view of promoting and stimulating desire towards demand driven productivity enhancement, livelihood improvement and sustainable agricultural development among women and youth farmers.
To this end, the following Technology Demonstrations consisting 2,800 numbers of participants including women and youth were conducted. This increased their total outputs to an average of 89.7bags/ha (6.9Mt/ha).
The project also conducted technology demonstration on system of Rice Intensification Technology to 30 women farmers from 15 CIGs under farmer field school in Gurdo, Watari Irrigation Scheme on 0.25ha. In this Demonstration plot an average of 1.73 mt/0.25ha was recorded which is equivalent to (6.9Mt/ha)
The Project in collaboration with SASAKAWA and KNARDA conducted technology demonstration through a Farmer Field School on 13 number plots measuring 0.25ha / demonstration plot involving 208 women and youth farmers.
Rice False Bottom parboiling technology using metal perforated sieve that prevents paddy from direct contact with the container’s bottom during parboiling was demonstrated in collaboration with SASAKAWA conducted technology demonstration involving 200 women processors.
Tomato Paste making technology was conducted in collaboration with NSPRI to 120 tomato lead farmers (78 males, 42 females). Also Tomato Sun Drying (TSD) “Kauda” technology which preserves the nutritive quality of the tomato fruits was demonstrated in collaboration with Commodity Support Center (CSC) to 160 tomato farmers (90 males, 70 females). The Project in collaboration with BETAMARK Processing Company in Lagos trained 1 number representative of tomato farmer groups on new packaging technology (Pouch) for tomato paste. In the same vein, 50 number participants were trained by the Project on packaging technology in collaboration with Mix-Condiments Tomato Processing Company.
2.2 Women and Youth Empowerment
In view for the need of aligning project activities to Kano State Policies and programmes with regards to Women and Youth Empowerment the Project has facilitated the training of 1,600 Women and Youth and 100 PWDSN on various small scale agricultural enterprises.
The two weeks trainings were conducted at Center for Dryland Agriculture (Bayero University Kano); Kano University of Science and Technology Wudil and Audu Bako College of Agriculture, Danbatta.
Details of trainings conducted by the 3 Institutions:
The training programme for the three under listed selected Training institutions was designed and implemented with support of the Kano State Government as per table below.
|SN||NUMBER OF TRAINING BATCHES||VALUE CHAIN||NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS DISAGGR BY VC||DATES OF TRAINING||TRAINING INSTITUTION|
|1.||400 Trainees (Batch 1)||Aquaculture
|2.||300 Batch 2||Aquaculture
|300 Batch 5||Aquaculture
|7 – 21 January, 2020||CDA-BUK|
|3.||300 Batch 3||Aquaculture
|18, December 2019 -1ST
|HOSPITALITY & TOURISM INSTITUTE-KUST|
|4.||300 Batch 4||Aquaculture
|18, December 2019 -1ST
|KANO POULTRY ISTITUTE, TUKUI- KUST|
WYEP EVENTS IN PICTURES:
DISTRIBUTION OF APPLICATION FORMS
SCREENING & INTERVIEW OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS
The State Coordinating Office of APPEALS Kano have conducted the screening exercise for the shortlisted applicants who applied under Women and Youth Empowerment Program, this is part of the procedure for competitive selection of projects beneficiaries under WYEP.
Cross section of the participant and activities of the Exercise
TRAINING OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS
TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATIONS IN PICTURES
Tomato Hygienic Drying Technology