SAPZ initiative launches in Nigeria with significant IITA participation
Representatives of IITA–CGIAR from Ibadan and Abuja participated in the launch of the Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZ) program held in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, in October.
The Nigeria SAPZ program, a government-enabled and private sector-led initiative, will mobilize private-sector investment to develop the value chain for selected strategic crops and livestock in seven selected participating states and the FCT for phase 1. These states are Cross River, Imo, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara, Ogun, and Oyo.
The Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, officially launched the event, co-financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), and the Islamic Development Bank.