The FMARD Capacity Support Project builds on the work of previous investments to provide critical technical assistance to strengthen the capacity of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD). This is to ensure the implementation of the Nigerian Government’s Agricultural Development Strategy, which is aimed at transforming the agricultural sector to increase productivity and income of poor farmers, create job opportunities for the unemployed, and improved livelihoods for millions of smallholder farmers, particularly women and youth.

Through this project, Sahel Consulting is providing oversight and support to the Nigerian Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development via two key interventions:

  • Providing talent support to the ministry through embedded technical staff within the ministry.
  • Providing funding for targeted trainings and attendance of key staff of the ministry at specific convenings and programs to build specific technical skills within the ministry and ensure effective knowledge transfer across the ministry.

To ensure successful implementation of program activities, Sahel Consulting conducted a comprehensive and in-depth needs assessment exercise aimed at understanding individual and institutional capacity development gaps in the ministry.

Using insights from the needs assessment, the project is working to ensure ownership and stewardship of the FMARD leadership by inaugurating and engaging an active Steering Committee comprised of key technical directors led by the Permanent Secretary. The committee is responsible for developing a project execution plan and strategy highlighting key project targets and milestones.

The project is also working to align its objectives with the FMARD policy implementation objectives, taking into consideration the Agricultural Promotion Policy (APP), the Medium-Term National Development Plans (MTNDP), and the Nigeria Agenda 2050 document being developed by the Agriculture, Food Security and Rural Development (AFSRD) Technical Working Group, appointed by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning.

In addition to capacity-building activities, the project aims to cultivate a knowledge-sharing culture between and within departments in FMARD. By facilitating close collaboration between key departments of the Ministry including Human Resources and the Information Technology (IT) departments, the project aims to design capacity-building activities that are fit for purpose and establish a digital knowledge management center to aid knowledge storage and dissemination within FMARD.