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VCDP, LIFE-ND to increase number of beneficiaries to 135,000

By Gordi Udeajah, Umuahia
22 August 2022   |   2:42 am
At a workshop held by two International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) assisted programmes, namely Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) and the Livelihood Family Enterprises Niger Delta

Wheelchair indicating an individual of disabilities

At a workshop held by two International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) assisted programmes, namely Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) and the Livelihood Family Enterprises Niger Delta (LIFE-ND), it was indicated that VCDP beneficiaries would increase to 135,000 by 2023, out of which no fewer than 150 would be persons with disabilities.

  
The Abia State LIFE-END Coordinator, Dr Rowland Uchenna Onyeizu, confirmed to The Guardian that organising the learning route workshop, which was a sequel to the recent IFAD recognition of the LIFE-ND successful work on nutrition interventions in collaboration with VCDP, provided for the duo projects officials to share knowledge and experiences on interventions on nutrition, youth incubation model and gender transformation strategies. LIFE-ND operates in the nine Niger Delta states.
  
The VCDP Knowledge Management Communication Advisor, Mrs Vera Onyeaka-Onyilo, said that the workshop participants were drawn from VCDP and LIFE-ND, and that the targeted increase of the VCDP beneficiaries was consequent upon the 2018 additional funding to VCDP.
  
According to the communication advisor, six states of Anambra, Benue, Ebonyi, Niger, Ogun and Taraba were originally the VCDP implementing states, but after the additional funding in 2018, Nasarawa, Kogi and Enugu states were added and brought the total to nine states.
  
She said the targeted 135,000 beneficiaries, out of whom no fewer than 150 must be persons with disabilities, would comprise 69,000 men (51 per cent) and 66,000 women (49 per cent), adding that the VCDP was being implemented through three main components of Agricultural Market Development, Small-Holder Productivity Enhancement and Programme Management and Coordination, and broken down to 121,000 smallholder farmers and 14,000 processors/marketers.”

LIFE-ND Rural Institution Coordinator, Dr Clem Uwem, in a paper ‘Incubation Model in Abia State LIFE-ND Project,’ said, among others, that at least 25,000 direct beneficiaries of youths and women agro-enterprises were directly strengthened or created, 80 per cent of them (20,400) had increased their food security and assets by at least 50 per cent and were practising improved handling and marketing.
  
He added that the beneficiaries were able to access at least 24,000 hectares of land, 10,000 using improved technologies, while 50 per cent of rural institutions promoting youth-based agri-enterprises were supported and strengthened.