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    FG, NDDC, and IFAD Begin Joint Supervision of Niger Delta Agric Project

    The Federal Government, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have embarked on a joint supervision mission of the Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises—Niger Delta (LIFE-ND) Project in the Niger Delta region.

    The Federal Government, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have embarked on a joint supervision mission of the Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises—Niger Delta (LIFE-ND) Project in the Niger Delta region.

    The Country Director of IFAD, Mrs. Dede Ekoue, said during the inception workshop of the LIFE-ND supervision mission that the supervision mission will provide them with an opportunity to further support LIFE ND in catalyzing additional progress for youth and women through sustainable economic growth of the agri-food sector in the Niger Delta.

    LIFE-ND is an initiative of the Nigerian Government in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), and state governments in the Niger Delta.

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    The specific objective of the project is to enhance income, food security, and job creation for rural youth and women through agri-enterprise development on a sustainable basis in the nine Niger Delta States of Abia, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, and Ondo States (IFAD-financed) and Akwa-Ibom, Imo, and Rivers (NDDC-financed).

    Ekoue added that the stakeholders will review the progress made since the mid-term review (MTR) and identify additional strategies to deliver more value to the youth and women agribusinesses and the Niger Delta communities served by the project.

    The Representative of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Ms. Mounet Sadiku, pointed out that the primary objective of the supervision exercise is to assess the implementation progress and the achievement of outputs by component and outcome indicators post-midterm review in accordance with the project’s logical framework.

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    Also speaking was Dr. Abiodun Sanni, the National Project Coordinator for Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises Niger Delta (LIFE-ND), who expressed hope that the mission review would show the contributions of the project in food security, job creation, and wealth creation.

    The Director, Project Coordinating Unit, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Bukar Musa, explained on his own that supervision missions are an integral part of any project life cycle to find out how the projects are going.

     

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