Our past and ongoing programs cut across many value chains in the agricultural landscape. These programs are focused on improving smallholder farmers’ livelihood and enhancing food security and nutrition. Below is a list of some of our past and current initiatives.

Funding Partner: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Key project objectives:

  • Advocate for an enabling environment for local sourcing through engagements with the government and relevant private sector stakeholders.
  • Increase demand for locally sourced milk through partnerships with dairy processors currently or interested in sourcing locally.
  • Improve smallholder dairy farmers’ productivity by increasing their access to technical support services and right inputs.
  • Empower women dairy farmers and enable them to improve their livelihoods and that of their households.
  • Improve nutrition outcomes among smallholder dairy households through food systems entry points.

Program coverage: Adamawa, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano and  Plateau States

Project duration: 5 years (2020 – 2024)

Consortium members: Sahel Consulting, TechnoServe and Livestock247

Role of Sahel:

Sahel is a lead implementer of the program and is partnering with dairy processors, implementing organisations, Federal government and relevant State governments to deliver various components of the program interventions including; farmers’ organisation, infrastructure development, productivity improvement, financial inclusion and income diversification support, training and extension, advocacy and behaviour change and policy advocacy to support a thriving dairy sector in Nigeria.

Anticipated Impact:

ALDDN aims to catalyze a vibrant local dairy sector in an inclusive way that benefits 210,000 individuals inclusive of 60,000 smallholder dairy farmers, especially women. ALDDN would achieve this by improving their livelihoods, productivity, nutrition and empowering the communities in which they live.

Funding Partner: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Key project objectives: YIIFSWA aims to increase the availability, accessibility and affordability of improved yam varieties in eight yam producing states, through the establishment of a formal seed system that utilizes improved technologies.

Project coverage: Oyo, Enugu, Benue, Nasarawa, Niger, and the FCT in Nigeria. Northern and Brong Ahafo regions in Ghana.

Project duration: 6 years (2017 – 2022)

Consortium members: IITA, NRCRI, Context Global Development, Sahel Consulting, National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), Crop Research Institute, Ghana

Role of Sahel: Sahel has taken a leading role in conducting due-diligence on indigenous seed companies in Nigeria to understand their eligibility and willingness to participate in the project. Additionally, in partnership with other project partners, Sahel supports private seed companies through the creation of yam-tailored manuals, promotional activities and trainings on sales and marketing. Sahel works actively with the private seed company partners to develop robust and tailored plans to support the sales and marketing of high-quality seed yam tubers.

Anticipated Impact:: YIIFSWA II aims to increase the adoption of improved varieties of yam by 340,000 male and female smallholder farmers, in Nigeria and Ghana by the year 2022.

Funding Partner: The Government of the Netherlands

Key project objectives: Focusing on six major value chains including maize, cassava, palm oil, chilli pepper, fish and soya bean, ACMA aims to contribute to the improvement of food security and increase the income of smallholder farmers in the Republic of Benin. This is done through:

  • Enhancing buying-power through trade promotion.
  • Building access to agricultural markets both locally and with neighbouring Nigeria.
  • Facilitating public-private dialogues to improve the overall business environment for cross border trade through an inter-communal framework where private actors (producers, processors, and traders) involved in trade and local governments (mayors) convene to identify and tackle policy and institutional issues that hamper cross border trade with Nigeria.
  • Creating a robust supply management approach by building major storage facilities located at the Nigerian borders.

Project coverage: Republic of Benin and Nigeria

Project duration: Phase 1 (2013 – October 2017) | Phase 2 (2017 – 2021)

Consortium members: International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), Care International-Benin/Togo, Royal KIT, Benin Consulting Group International, and Sahel Consulting.

Role of Sahel: Sahel provides comprehensive market intelligence and trade facilitation through the creation of linkages between Beninese smallholder farmers’ clusters and agro-processing companies in Nigeria while working with Nigerian and Beninese customs, trade facilitation organizations, and regional banks.

Impact: ACMA worked with local governments and more than 30,000 agricultural producers, traders, and smallholder farmers to facilitate trade with small and medium-sized private enterprises based in Nigeria. The project organized farmers and traders into agribusiness clusters to increase producers’ leverage in negotiating trade deals with companies across the border and in increasing their revenues. Till date, ACMA Benin has:

  • Incorporated 32,015 economic actors, of which 51% were women, and 431 organizations into 41 agribusiness clusters linked to specific value chains.
  • Established 91 formal contracts between economic actors in Benin and Nigeria.
  • Increased the amount of products marketed to Nigeria and Benin by actors in the ACMA-supported municipalities by 23,057 tons (worth 6,282 million FCFA, or U.S. $11.85 million)

Funding Partner: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Key project objectives: NDDP aimed to improve the livelihoods of smallholder dairy farmers in Nigeria by enhancing the productivity of their cattle and integrating them into the formal dairy value chain. It also sought to demonstrate the proof of scale of processor-led dairy development initiatives.

Project coverage: Kano and Oyo states, Nigeria

Project duration: 2 years (2017 – 2019)

Role of Sahel:Sahel played a leading role as the overall program coordinator between the donors, the private sector implementing partners, the government and other key stakeholders engaged in the project. Sahel co-designed program intervention strategies and supported processors in field implementation activities. Sahel also managed the external studies commissioned as part of the project, as well as monitoring and evaluation activities related to the program.

Impact: NDDP developed interventions that positively affected the lives of over 30,000 people especially women, enhancing their livelihoods, and contributing to the emergence of a viable local dairy industry. Through the program, Sahel and its dairy processor partners:

  • Integrated over 2,000 new dairy households into the formal dairy value chain in Nigeria.
  • Trained over 6,000 dairy farmers on various good dairy management topics such as hygienic milking practices, dairy cattle nutrition, etc.
  • Inseminated over 3,400 cows, translating into approximately 1,400 crossbreeds.
  • Supported local crop farmers with access to land in order for them to become commercial fodder producers. Through this, they established over 500ha of pastureland to produce hay and silage for onward sales to dairy farmers.
  • Built over 50 solar-powered boreholes to improve participating communities’ access to clean water.
  • Distributed 2,500 milk cans to participating farmers to preserve milk quality during transportation.
  • Established 1 new milk collection center in Oyo State and 4 new milk collection points in Kano State
  • Established a robust milk-evacuation system that incorporated 7 large trucks in both states to improve milk aggregation and evacuation to the processing plants.

Funding Partner: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Key project objectives: BASICS aims to develop a sustainable cassava seed value chain, characterized by the commercialization of production and dissemination of cassava planting material. This value chain will serve as a vehicle to deliver better quality and more productive cassava planting material, and enable more efficient dissemination and adoption of new cassava varieties to improve productivity and food security, increase incomes of male and female cassava growers and village seed entrepreneurs, and enhance gender equity through robust gender-mainstreaming.

Project coverage: Oyo, Ogun, and Kwara states, Nigeria

Project duration: 4 years (2016 – 2019)

Consortium members: IITA, NRCRI, Context Global Development/Sahel Consulting, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Fera, RTB (CGIAR Group), National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), SAHTECNO (SAH) Technology

Role of Sahel: Sahel, in partnership with Context Global Development (CGD) has established and managed the creation of an innovative and commercially viable stem business model, serving high-quality cassava value chains anchored by industrial processors. Through this, industrial processors have established a rapid propagation technology (SAH) to improve the economic viability of cassava stem production and the supply assurance of high-quality, high starch content cassava roots from commercial growers and out-growers.

Anticipated Impact: BASICS aims to ensure that 15,000 farmers have access to quality stems of improved cassava varieties through a processor-led seed production model in Nigeria.