At the onset of the 2020 wet planting season, Nigerian farmers were faced with an obvious challenge – a rise in prices and scarcity of essential agricultural inputs like fertilizers, seeds, pesticides, etc. – caused by the globally ravaging pandemic and its attendant cessation of movement.
To mitigate these serious socio-economic uncertainties, DDI, through the USADF Capital for African Resilience-building and Enterprises Support (C.A.R.E.S) COVID-19 Program, facilitated (and is supervising) the provision of grant support to agric and agro-allied enterprises, cooperatives and producer groups, youth entrepreneurs, and off-grid energy solution companies. The program was launched in April 2020 by USADF to provide financial and technical support for African enterprises and entrepreneurs to cushion the devastating impact that COVID-19 will most likely have on the African economy.
Galvanized by this investment from USADF, a beneficiary – Women Farmers Advancement Group (WOFAN), a support network for women farmers and cooperatives in seven Northern states has commenced the distribution of farm inputs to 2,400 members (comprising cooperatives and groups) in Kano State with 1 hectare worth of input per cooperative, while some female rice processors have also received a ton of rice paddy each.