Improving the fuel wood balance in the communities

Agro-Forestry Project

by the end of the four years, a target population of 275,000 direct beneficiaries of 55,000 households will initiate and maintain appropriate agroforestry models and will also increase fuel wood efficiency in these households significantly by 75% through the local manufacture and use of Fuel Wood Reduction Stove (FWRS]

With effect from September 2014, the delegation of the European Union (EU) in Nigeria and the Federal Government of Nigeria through the National Planning Commission (NPC) have granted approval to Oxfam and International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED) to implement a four year Grant on Improving the fuel wood balance in 7 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Baure, Daura, Dutsi, Mai’adua, Mashi, Sandamu and Zango in Katsina State. The implementing partners (Oxfam and ICEED) are implementing the project with key technical staff at the Project Management Unit (PMU) situated in Katsina, Katsina State with back-up support from organized local NGOs and international experts. In addition, international and national consultants are being engaged to provide professional advice and technical services from time to time.

Agroforestry plays a major role in supporting community livelihood in the Sudano-Sahelin zone of the Northern Nigeria. The zone has seen continued population growth resulting in increased agriculture and ensuing deforestation and desertification. Therefore, agroforestry has been used as a medium to support and promote sustainable growth and to influence pattern of development.

Objectives

  • The project seeks to intensify farmer-managed fuel-wood production;
  • Maintain fuel-wood-balance consumption and bring back the resilience of livelihoods of the rural households in the benefiting LGAs.

Beneficiaries

Therefore, by the end of the four years, a target population of 275,000 direct beneficiaries of 55,000 households will initiate and maintain appropriate agroforestry models and will also increase fuel wood efficiency in these households significantly by 75% through the local manufacture and use of Fuel Wood Reduction Stove (FWRS). By these means, the project is empowering the beneficiaries to generate employment and income so that people remain motivated to plant and maintain trees and also assist in the control of climate change.