MICRO REFORMS FOR AFRICAN AGRIBUSINESSES
L-R: Baba Birma, special assistant to chairman, Dansa Holdings Limited, Tony Bello, MIRA Nigeria National Coordinator, Emmanuel Ijewere, national coordinator, NABG and O.B Jatto, Federal Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development at the workshop on new implementation partnerships platforms on Micro Reforms for African Agribusiness in Nigeria (MIRA-NIGERIA) held recently at the Berkeley Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos
AGRA commits $700,000 to Micro Reforms for African Agribusiness in Nigeria
The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has committed $700,000 to Micro Reforms for African Agribusinesses in Nigeria.
By working with Nigeria Agribusiness Group (NABG), Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, (FMARD) and others, AGRA is helping to facilitate micro reforms for agribusinesses to engage smallholder farmers in Nigeria.
The Micro Reforms for African Agribusiness (MIRA) project is a five year initiative to provide African Governments with access to high quality local and international technical assistance for identifying, prioritising and reforming specific agricultural regulations that currently deter or limit private investment in small and medium value chains. AGRA is working in five African Countries (Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso) to pilot the concept of MIRA.
As part of on-going actions being taken to realise the MIRA-Nigeria objectives, key stakeholders in Nigeria’s agribusiness industry recently had a workshop in Lagos to strengthen public-private implementation partnerships on Micro Reforms for African Agribusiness in Nigeria (MIRA-NIGERIA)
Present at this event were Tony Bello MIRA-Nigeria National Coordinator, Emmanuel Ijewere, national coordinator, (NABG), representative of organisations such as AGRA), Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Fertilizer Producers & Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN), Seed Association of Nigeria (SEEDAN) and other private sector busines representaives and the media.
There was a review of the MIRA Milestones at this workshop held at the Berkeley Hotel in Ikeja. Some of the issues explored include understanding of project implementation and reporting guidelines and how to build a case to influence approval of the priority reforms by government . Also explored was the drafting of the Cooperation Framework Agreement between FMARD, AGRA and NABG and the creation of specific project implementation teams.
The stakeholders also x-rayed options for advancing liberalisation of foundation seed production: Getting the amended Seed Act re-amended, passed and assented to by the President. The Amended Seed Act is now with Ministry of Justice).
Plans have also been made to resuscitate the draft Fertilizer Quality Control Bill for an act to regulate the manufacture, importation, distribution and quality control of fertilizer.
For further enquiries on the Micro Reforms for African Agribusiness in Nigeria (MIRA-NIGERIA), contact:
Dr. Tony Bello
MIRA Nigeria National Coordinator
Telephone: +234 803 809 4979