IFAD-funded Zero Hunger Project makes progress in achieving its objective in Nigeria
As part of efforts to realize IITA’s Zero Hunger initiative (ZHI) partnership with FGN/IFAD-VCDP on cassava value chain development in Benue State, the IITA Zero Hunger Project team were in Benue State in February on an assessment and training visit. FGN/IFAD-VCDP Benue State Programme Coordinator, Emmanuel Igbaukum, led the Zero Hunger Project team comprising the Project Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager Oyewale Abioye, Project Training Manager Bolanle Olorode, and IITA Post-Harvest Specialist Peter Kolawole on a courtesy visit to the Benue State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. Kester Kyenge to familiarize and brief him on the Project and its collaborations with FGN/IFAD-VCDP.
Speaking on behalf of Project Lead Debo Akande, Abioye congratulated Hon. Kyenge on his appointment and thanked him for receiving them on short notice. He briefed the Commissioner on programs and the team’s efforts to achieve zero hunger in Benue in close collaboration with VCDP. The implementation will align with the initiative’s three components: Policy Assessment, Productivity Enhancement, and Capacity Development, with a strong focus on women and youth inclusion. He applauded Benue State’s relationship with IITA, which he described as “fantastic and productive” based on the number of IITA interventions and projects in the State. He also commended the State’s Policy Assessment with IITA Zero Hunger Project, evident in a meeting with the then Commissioner of Agriculture, VCDP, and other stakeholders last year.