17,000 farmers in Lagos have benefited from the APPEALS Project

17000 farmers in Lagos have benefited from the APPEALS programme
17000 farmers in Lagos have benefited from the APPEALS programme

The World Bank-funded Agro-processing, Productivity Enhancement, and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) initiative has benefited 17,400 farmers in Lagos.

The Appeals Project, which has received a total of $200 million in financing, began on March 23rd, 2017 and is scheduled to finish in March 2023.

The project aims to boost farmers’ productivity and market access by facilitating agricultural product consolidation and cottage processing, clustering and connecting farmers and small and medium businesses to infrastructure networks and business services, and providing technical assistance and institutional support to beneficiaries, federal and state governments in value chain development.

Oluranti Sagoe-Oviebo, the Initiative Coordinator for Lagos State, reported that the project directly benefitted 3950 regular farmers in Lagos, as well as 1786 women and youths, and 7533 farmers were taught.

Desilting of canals, particularly in the Ikorodu and Epe axis, knowledge management and assessment for farmers, and support to marketers and processors with solar-powered kiosks, among other achievements, she stated.