54, 000 farmers, livestock herders in NE Nigeria to benefit from USAID ‘Water for Agriculture Project’

Agribusiness

“The $8 million ‘Water for Agriculture Project’ in North East targets at least 4000 smallholder farmers and 50,000 livestock herders by constructing new earth dams and system for crop production and livestock watering.”

Stephen Haykin, USAID Mission Director, said during the launch of the project in Abuja.

He said that promoting access to water is critical at this time as farmers’ and herders’ access to water is increasingly threatened by climate change, inadequate investment, destruction of infrastructure, poor management practice and population growth.

The 3-year project aims to address the identified gaps and needs of the livestock herders and crop farmers in the region, as well as strengthen the resilience of farmers and herders.

Ekramul Kabir, Chief of Party, Water for Agriculture Project, Catholic Relief Service (CRS) said that the project aims to stimulate adequate and sustainable water supply for food and livestock production.

“The project also aims to enhance the capacity of target communities and local government institutions to manage, operate and maintain water infrastructure and sources,” he noted.

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