Increasing Economic Opportunity for Tomato and Rice Farmers in Nigeria
TechnoServe and Syngenta are partnering to increase the incomes of tomato and rice farmers in Nigeria by training them in best agricultural and post-harvest practices, and connecting them with the inputs and networks they need to make their farming businesses thrive. In Nigeria, a current disparity between the supply and demand for rice and tomato offers a promising opportunity for farmers – despite the country’s soaring demand for these products and its vast areas of arable land, Nigeria is not self-sufficient in these crops. To help farmers capitalize on this untapped market opportunity, we are providing training on best practices that will help farmers to improve their production, decrease post-harvest losses and increase their incomes. The program also aims to amplify the impact of these increased yields by training farmers in business skills, helping them to organize into farmers' organizations and facilitating direct market connections with buyers who can pay a premium price for their rice and tomato crops. Since its launch in March of 2017, the project has already exceeded its outreach goals and made headway toward the creation of a new rice and tomato sector in Nigeria, training over 3,500 farmers.