To effectively improve the standard of living of low-income farmers and build the capacity of cooperative societies, there is a need for innovative approaches: participatory, collaborative and cross-sectoral partnerships, as well as ensuring that all parties are carried along throughout the process. Since 2020, the United States African Development Foundation has partnered with the Kebbi State Government to Support local agribusinesses, and as the Implementing Partner of the USADF in Nigeria, DDINigeria’s Executive Director – Adamu Garba, alongside M&E Specialist (Bello Haruna) and the Project Development Officer – Kebbi State (Mamun Suleiman Jahun) paid a courtesy visit to the Programme Manager, Kebbi State Agricultural and Rural Development Agency (KARDA) –  Mr. Muhammad Sunusi Illo.

It was yet again another platform to bring all parties up to speed regarding the progress made so far and also to discuss ways to improve monitoring of the projects. It was also an avenue to gauge alignment with the overall project goal – the promotion of the development of farmer cooperatives, producer associations, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Kebbi State and increase their competitiveness in national, regional, and international markets.

Background: The USADF-Kebbi State partnership is a five-year, $10 million agreement, with Kebbi State and USADF each contributing $5 million over the five years to provide seed capital and technical assistance to local agribusinesses. For more on this partnership, visit the link:

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