A new project enhancing the groundnut value chain in Nigeria was launched in Abuja, Nigeria on 24 February. The project is a partnership initiative between the Federal Government of Nigeria and ICRISAT aiming to rebuild Nigeria’s groundnut pyramids and to reclaim the country’s former prime position as the largest groundnut producing country in Africa.

The groundnut value chain project will produce an additional 120,000 metric tons of groundnut grains valued at US$155 million, to be supplied to small-, medium- and large-scale processors, to be implemented directly in 16 states in Nigeria. It will collaborate to develop high quality rosette- and aflatoxin-resistant groundnut varieties and seed supply systems, and improve market linkages locally and abroad.

Drs Dar and A Adesina with Nigerian and ICRISAT scientists holding seed packets of improved groundnut varieties. Photo: A Diama, ICRISAT

Drs Dar and A Adesina with Nigerian and ICRISAT scientists holding seed packets of improved groundnut varieties.
Photo: A Diama, ICRISAT

“The main objective of the groundnut value chain transformation project is to rebuild Nigeria’s groundnut pyramids and drive the development of the groundnut subsector in the country in conjunction with stakeholders to improve production, processing, marketing and export,” said Dr Akinwumi Adesina, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Federal Republic of Nigeria during the project launch.

During the project launch, Dr William D. Dar, Director General, ICRISAT emphasized the importance of the outstanding partnership between the institute and Nigeria for 38 years.

“ICRISAT will continue to strengthen this very important partnership with Nigeria, in bringing back the groundnut pyramids through a science-based value chain approach which is embedded in its Inclusive Market-Oriented Development (IMOD) strategy,” said Dr Dar.

Strategies to reduce transaction cost and appropriate policies that promote rural enterprises for sustained production and processing in the country’s major groundnut growing states and building capacities of farmers and national organizations will also be pursued.

The Nigeria groundnut value chain project is one of the signed agreements between ICRISAT and the Federal Government of Nigeria towards creating wealth through value chains will be undertaken as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes.

The project launch was attended by many dignitaries including members of Nigeria’s Senate Committee on Agriculture, represented by Senator Joshua Lidani, the Yobe State Commissioner for Agriculture, and state and national executives of Groundnut Farmers and Processors Associations.

Adapted from ICRISAT Happenings