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AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY

Nigeria’s agriculture sector is the most vibrant non-oil sector contributing significantly to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and economy. However, Nigeria still remains largely food insecure as shown in the 2019 Global Food Security Index which places Nigeria 96th out of 113 countries examined.

To meet the demands posed by the food security threat highlighted above, HEDA has identified key thematic areas in which our strength and capabilities allow us to make changes. They include;

Policy Advocacy

Policies provide guidelines for governance and enables the public to measure the achievements of governments.  Ending poverty and hunger can only be achieved when the policy environment addresses the factors that cause the problem. HEDA therefore advocates that the government at all levels must uphold the Maputo declaration by ensuring that 10% of the yearly budget is allocated to agriculture. Furthermore, the government should make policies that benefit small scale farmers especially women and youth. Policies that ensure a climate resilient agricultural system must be made and implemented.

Farmers Education and Citizen Awareness

Increasing citizens awareness is critical to solving the problems our campaign targets; this is because when citizens take ownership of the issue, they can mount the necessary pressure needed to force the government to act favourably. On the other hand, the farmers need to be educated on how to engage government and private sector stakeholders in order to attain food security and better livelihoods. The farmers are also educated on best farming practices and the business of farming i.e agropreneurship.

Farmers Livelihood Enhancement

HEDA organises activities that aim to enhance the livelihoods of farmers through resource and market support. An example is the Ire Akrai Fish Feed Mill which provided a semi-automated feed mill for the fish farmers in the Abute Afuye community of Epe, Lagos. We also increase the capacity of the farmers in order to improve their productivity and hence increase their income through trainings and resource support.

Private Sector

HEDA works as a mediator between the private sector and farmers to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship is developed.

News and Update

Communique of A One-Day Agrometeorology Workshop For Small Scale Farmers In Nasarawa State Held At The Manyi Royal Suite, Lafia on Monday 15th July 2019, Organised By Association Of Small Scale Agro-Producers In Nigeria (ASSAPIN) and HEDA Resource Centre

A hundred (100) smallholder farmers in Nasarawa State under the aegis of Association of Small Scale Agro-Producers in Nigeria (ASSAPIN) gathered together for a 1 day workshop on Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMET)’s Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) for 2019 with the objective of understanding the implication for the agriculture sector. Participants at this workshop are drawn from across the 13 Local Government areas of the State, across the agriculture value chain including crop farmers and livestock farmers, and with a good distribution of women, men and youth. The workshop, whose theme is, “Building the climate resilience of small scale farmers in…
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WORLD FOOD DAY 2018

The World Food Day 2018 (16thOctober) was marked alongside 70 farmers (55 women, 15 men) in Lagos state whom came out in droves to enlighten the masses of the importance and challenges of small-scale farmers in Nigeria. The event procession started from Adebayo Gbenro Hall at Alausa (Opposite Shoprite), Ikeja. The farmers walked in the rain chanting farmers songs and distributing fliers (1,000 copies) and food stuffs to passersby. The procession which included our food truck, designed with food crates to attract passersby, ended in the Lagos State Food Fair at the Police College in Ikeja. At the food fair,…
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GOOD FOOD, GREAT FOOTBALL

Good Food, Great Football is one of the activities HEDA is organised as part of the United4Food campaign. The programme adopted creative engagement methods that increased awareness and  interests on how food and nutrition affect one’s fitness and well-being. It included a series of activities such as the guerilla appearances at the world cup, good food great football radio programme on Brila FM and online engagements which made participants more aware of food security issues and opportunities in Nigeria.
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ELECTION ADVOCACY: MEET THE FARMERS – LAGOS

In a bid to ensure that the farmers manifesto becomes part of the next administration’s working guide, HEDA organised a meeting which brought together Governorship candidates in Lagos State with various stakeholders from the agriculture sector including leaders of various farmers associations, small holder farmers, agriculture experts, young agropreneurs and the media. The meeting which boasted of a high turn out of candidates held at Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja on the 5th of January, 2019. The key objective of the meeting was to bring the issues of food security and the development of a sustainable agriculture economy in urban Lagos…
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