Sahel Consulting, with the support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is providing 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.

This project which extends from 2020 to 2023 is providing:

  • Support to embedded technical staff.
  • Funding and organizing targeted local, regional, and international training programs to build specific technical skills of the FMARD team 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.
Insights from the needs assessment continue to inform the design of bespoke training programs for staff.
In order to ensure sustainability and foster ownership of project activities and impact, an active and engaged Steerring Committee chaired by the Permanent Secretary, FMARD was inaugurated to provide stewardship.

In addition to capacity-building activities, the project is working to support 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 designed a fit-for-purpose digital knowledge management portal to aid knowledge storage and dissemination within FMARD.