The HortiNigeria program (2021-2025), funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Nigeria, aims to facilitate the development of a sustainable and inclusive horticulture sector that contributes to food and nutrition security in Nigeria.

60,000 smallholder farmers, of whom 50% are youth and 40% are women, will have increased productivity and/or income, resulting in an annual incremental production value of 9.7 million euros.

The goal of the program is aligned with the Dutch and Nigerian food security and private sector development objectives and fits within the framework of the larger food systems transformation in Nigeria. HortiNigeria aims to enhance smallholder farmers’ social capital and contribute to their empowerment within the market. HortiNigeria particularly focuses its interventions on women and youth.

Sub-Objectives

  • Double smallholder productivity and income.
  • Achieve ecologically sustainable land use and climate-resilient farms.
  • Create direct jobs supported by private sector development programs.
  • Reach Dutch and local businesses with a supported plan to invest, trade, or provide services.
  • Improve access to finance and make financing infrastructure more inclusive and effective
  • Improve access to digital solutions.

Expected Outcomes

By end of program:

  • 60,000 smallholder farmers, of whom 50% are youth and 40% are women, will have increased productivity and/or income, resulting in an annual incremental production value of 9.7 million euros;
  • Acreage under sustainable land use will have increased by 15,000 hectares;
  • At least 2,000 entrepreneurial farmers (50% youth and 40% women) will have adopted new knowledge and/or technologies;
  • 50 horticulture-related small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will have a business and investment plan to invest, trade or provide services; and
  • Of these SMEs, 50% will be youth-owned and 40% will be female-owned.

HortiNigeria is led by IFDC and implemented together with East West Seed Knowledge Transfer Foundation, Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), and Wageningen University & Research Center under a budget of €9.7 million.

 HortiNigeria is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands under Dutch development policy.
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