Effect Of value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) On Income And Food Security Of Rice Farmers In Yewa North And Ijebu North-East, Ogun State, Nigeria
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The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in partnership with the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) contrived the Value Chain the Development Programme (VCDP) to tackle the challenges facing agriculture in the country, knowing its potential if adequately harnessed. Agriculture contributed almost 40% to Nigeria’s GDP in 2017. Smallholder farmers provide over 80% of the food consumed in the country, despite challenges. The farmers face the challenges of high cost of farm inputs, low productivity, poor access to market, poor processing technology, inadequate credit facilities and vicious cycle of poverty which has restrained them from increasing their income and an improved standard of living. IFAD and the Global Masters in Development Practice with its partner universities began a Win-Win field practicum grant for graduate students to conduct an assessment of its intervention in the host countries.