USAID commits $15.7m to helping MSMEs in Nigeria’s agric ecosystem


Share post:

Global development arm, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has announced a 5-year commitment that will see the organisation plow $15.7 million into helping high earners in the agric sectors of states such as Ebonyi, Delta, Kaduna, Benue, Niger and Cross River.

The investment is meant to remove hiccups to accessing funding experienced by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the agriculture sector of Nigeria . Beneficiaries are agribusiness owners engaged in production of commodities such as cowpea, rice, soybean, maize and acquaculture.

Speaking in Ebonyi state recently, the chief of party and managing director at USAID, Adam Saffer, said the investment will help fast-track the push for a non-oil economy by building an empowered environment necessary for business to thrive.

According to Saffer, “In line with the U.S. and Nigerian governments’ commitment to growing the non-oil based economy, this activity is pursuing a unique, robust business-centred strategy to increase the depth, breadth, dynamism and competitiveness of Nigeria’s agribusiness sector”.

He added, “The activity is designed to create an improved environment by working toward four interrelated objectives: mitigate obstructive policies to make it easier to do business in Nigeria’s agricultural sector, broaden access to finance and promote investment opportunities in agriculture, and strengthen the capacity of agribusiness to expand and scale up operations.”

Agribusiness and tech are seen as growth areas for Nigeria economy in the 21st century. This is because the nation’s major source of revenue, crude oil, is being confronted by uncertainties. Some of these uncertainties are attached to the activities of climate activists, curbs on production and conflicts in critical regions; the advent of electric cars, and the move towards alternative form of, or clean, energy.

Toyin Afilaka
Toyin Afilaka
Toyin Afilaka writes with simplicity and insight. He aims to enrich the Nigerian small business landscape. Through Hustle24 he connects entrepreneurs with information about new policies, enterprise solutions and opportunities that will aid their 'hustle'. He has written extensively for CobraReview, a product review portal, and served as a lead project manager for MarketingMix where he consulted as PR consultant for MTN Project Fame and Business Next Titan etc.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here
Captcha verification failed!
CAPTCHA user score failed. Please contact us!

Related articles

Five (5) Steps to Discover, Sift Fake News – Culled from BBC

Written by Amanda Ruggeri Pioneered by digital literacy experts, the "Sift" strategy is a technique for spotting fake news...

Food Production Segment: Pasta Segment Thriving

Do you seek a segment to invest your food production funds? Here is an opportunity lever. Market consumption dynamics...

Business Opportunities: 70% Growth in Current Food Production Level Required in 2050

A report collated by the World Economic Forum (WEF) has emphasised that the current global food production level...

HBR: Four (4) Approach to Diversifying Your Business – Graham Kenny

Summary: Although conventional wisdom suggests that companies should look for growth opportunities close to their core businesses and...