Kwara State governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has been announced as the chairperson of the National Project Steering and Deployment Committee (NPSDC) for innovative strengthening of smallholder farmers’ capabilities in Nigeria.
The committee’s mandate includes strengthening smallholder farmers’ capabilities towards productive land restoration amid COVID-19 in Nigeria, according to a statement by the chief press secretary to the governor, Rafiu Ajakaye.
It seeks to build resilient communities and ensuring food security, the statement added.
The committee was set up as part of the national strategy to drive growth and accelerate implementation of innovative projects to improve smallholder farmers’ capabilities in accordance with the national development plan of Nigeria. It would also ensure the application of multi-sectoral approach for the deployment of innovative land restoration and energy to accelerate food security, renewable energy access, land restoration, socio economic impacts, climate resilience, create jobs, and improve the standard of living and human wellbeing.
The steering committee comprises the subnational governments of Nasarawa, Yobe, Bauchi, Kano, Kebbi, Ebonyi, Imo, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Ekiti, and Ondo.
The Committee, which is to lead the national implementation of the Africa Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) initiatives on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also comprises federal government agencies like the Ministries of Education, Power, Environment, Budget and National Planning, and Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority.