Building resilient and sustainable livelihoods of rural communities

Building resilient and sustainable livelihoods of rural communities

One of our specific goals is to link over 1 million smallholder farmers, at least 60% of whom are women, to markets so they can participate in improved value chains leading to improved income security and productivity.

Building resilient and sustainable livelihoods is central to realising our vision of a just Nigeria without poverty. The focus of this program will be on rural agricultural development since a majority of the Nigerian labour force works in agriculture. Our sustainable livelihoods program has a differentiated approach, combining resilient livelihoods with market led livelihood interventions to transition the chronically poor to the stage where they become economically active and capable of engaging in influencing activities. Through market based interventions that broker public private partnerships, the program increases productivity; improve food security, nutrition, and incomes for targeted households; reduce gender gaps in income; reduce youth unemployment and reduce conflict around productive resources (land, water and grazing areas). Our program provides evidence of successful models for replication by private sector partners and the evidence and relationships that will achieve change in government policy and budget decisions.

Goals

  • Link over 1 million smallholder farmers, at least 60% of whom are women, to markets so they can participate in improved value chains leading to improved income security and productivity.
  • Improve resilience to shocks and capacity to adapt to climate change.
  • Influence to ensure the passage and adoption of the Right to Food bill; adequate funding for climate change adaptation; an increase to 10% of budgets invested in agriculture by state governments and to deliver the GROW objectives.
  • Ensure women’s rights to own land and property are enshrined in law and enforced.
  • Pilot replicable models of low cost provision of essential services.
  • Support 1000 SMEs with scalable business models to create opportunities for youth.
  • Employment, and increase the availability of formal financing for the SME sector.