The ICRISAT-WOFAN Groundnut Scale-up Project, a 5 year project focusing on improved groundnut production in Ghana, Mali and Nigeria received a major boost recently when 40 journalists and producers from 5 Northern Nigerian states of Kano, Jigawa, Katsina, Sokoto and Kebbi
endorsed the project and pledged to spread its key messages across the region for the benefit of groundnut farmers, processors and markers.
The meeting was hosted and coordinated by the Nigeria Country Office of ICRISAT Groundnut Scale-up Project and was held at the WOFAN multipurpose Conference Hall in Kano attended by journalists, producers and marketers from major radio and television stations of Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Jigawa and Sokoto states. The journalists and producers gave their backing to the project at the interactive discussion on the role of media in the dissemination of the key messages of the project to groundnut farmers and processors and further probe into strategies of bringing back the glory of groundnut pyramids to the good people of Nigeria thereby tapping on benefits to improve income and nutrition.
The main objective of the project is to improve groundnut productivity of smallholder farmers in Ghana, Mali and Nigeria, including understanding and managing aflatoxin contamination in the groundnut value chain.
At the end of the meeting, the journalists and producers pledged to create programs and focus on news stories which will support the achievement of the main objectives of the project. They noted that with the right approach to news and programs on groundnut production and processing, the crop may again become a major revenue earner for farmers and processors as well as the nation in general.
Earlier in her opening remarks, WOFAN’s Executive Director (ED), Hajia Salamatu Garba had stressed the importance of the media in the implementation of any intervention project.
According to her, “There will be little or no success at all if people don’t get adequate and timely information. This is where media organizations come in; they are indeed very important partners and need adequately and timely information just like the farmers.”
The Project’s Nigeria Country Manager, Dr. Michael Vabi, also echoed these remarks through the course of his presentation, affirming that by spreading the messages of the project, the media will be helping to bring back the glory of groundnut as a cash crop in Nigeria especially that Nigeria is tilting towards making agriculture the back bone of strengthening its economy.
The Groundnut scale-up project is funded by USAID and it is being implemented by International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), in collaboration multi- stakeholders like the Agricultural and Rural Development Projects(ADPs) of Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Jigawa and Sokoto states, the Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN), Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Nigerian Agricultural Seed Council (NASC), Centre for Dryland Agriculture, Bayero University, Kano (CDA/BUK), Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM), Green Sahel Agricultural and Rural Development Initiative (GSARDI) and the Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Participants from Kebbi, Jigawa and Katsina
Country Director Dayyabu Rano of Radio Kano
WOMEN FARMERS ADVANCEMENT NETWORK.