The Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development – Chief Audu Ogbeh has described the Gates Foundation as an invaluable and dependable development partner in the growth of the Nigerian Agricultural ecosystem especially in the nutrition sector.
The Minster gave the commendation recently when he received the Deputy Director, Agricultural Development of the Gates Foundation – Mr. Tom Kehoe in Abuja on a courtesy visit.
The Minister lauded the impactful contribution being made in the sector through the Foundation’s support to SYNERGOS which has made possible, the Synergos-run State Partnership for Agriculture Programme in States, while providing critical capacity enhancement to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture through the Gates’ funded programme.
“This programme has greatly strengthened the capacity of the Ministry to deliver thought-driven programmes including the creation of links for smallholder farmers in yam value chain for yam export; it has catalysed innovative technology which transforms cassava leaves into pellets in rural areas to feed cattle and livestock etc. These programmes would not have been possible today without the funding Gates, especially provides”, the Minister said.
Chief Ogbeh expressed his appreciation while reaffirming Nigeria’s commitment to efficient donor and FG spending coordination within Agriculture with the re-introduction of the Projects Coordination Unit under this administration.
The Gates’ Foundation has also supported the Ministry through other programmes such as the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition – GAIN.