Adamawa State Launches 21 Farms to Revolutionize Agriculture Training

Adamawa State Launches 21 Farms to Revolutionize Agriculture Training
Adamawa State Launches 21 Farms to Revolutionize Agriculture Training

Adamawa State Launches 21 Farms to Revolutionise Agriculture Training


News Summary:

  • Adamawa State launches 21 demonstration farms for cutting-edge regenerative agriculture training.
  • Collaborative effort with the World Bank to empower smallholder farmers in arid regions.
  • The ACreSAL Project aims to boost farm productivity, combat climate change, and enhance livelihoods.

In a forward-thinking move aimed at empowering farmers with cutting-edge skills in regenerative agriculture, the Adamawa State Government has established 21 demonstration farms spread across different local government areas within the state.

This significant initiative, led by the Adamawa State ACReSAL initiative in collaboration with the World Bank and local government support, is under the able guidance of Dr. Ibrahim Chinda, the State Project Coordinator.

The key objective is to promote regenerative agriculture—a sustainable approach that focuses on rejuvenating soil health, preserving climate balance, safeguarding water resources and biodiversity, and ultimately boosting farm productivity and the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, particularly in regions facing arid and semi-arid conditions.

Dr. Joy Iganya Agene, the distinguished leader of the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) Project's global team and Dr Chinda and Dr. Ibrahim Chinda, the Adamawa State Project Coordinator during the visit
Dr. Joy Iganya Agene (3rd from the left), the distinguished leader of the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) Project’s global team and Dr. Ibrahim Chinda (2nd from the right), the Adamawa State Project Coordinator during the visit

Regenerative Agriculture (RA) is a progressive method of food production dedicated to nurturing soil vitality, preserving the environment, and enhancing farm productivity and profitability.

By incorporating diverse techniques and advanced technologies, regenerative agriculture plays a pivotal role in combating the challenges posed by climate change.

The primary objectives of regenerative agriculture encompass providing nutritious food, combating climate change through carbon sequestration in soil, reviving endangered biodiversity, preventing deforestation, and uplifting farmer livelihoods.

The inception of these demonstration farms and nurseries marks the initial phase of executing integrated crop and livestock systems. This offers economic opportunities for farmers and contributes to sustainable entrepreneurial endeavours.

Furthermore, the regenerative agriculture institute is geared towards establishing agroforestry nurseries to foster tree growth, combat land degradation, and fortify resilience.

Adamawa State Launches 21 Farms to Revolutionize Agriculture Training
Andrew Kwasari, President, SCL Nigeria, explained RA to the Task Team Leader of the ACReSAL Project and a Senior Environmental Specialist from the World Bank Nigeria office.

With the approval of the Adamawa State Government, the project has commenced across all 21 local government areas, with a special emphasis on implementing regenerative agriculture practises.

To ensure longevity and inclusivity, farm managers and their teams have been actively involved in setting up these demonstration farms.

Moreover, the capacity of these managers has been bolstered in regenerative agriculture and farm management. This emphasis on training aims to empower household farmers and establish effective monitoring systems.

During a recent inspection of the Regenerative Agriculture Demonstration Farm in Yola North, the Task Team Leader of the ACReSAL Project and a Senior Environmental Specialist from the World Bank Nigeria office, leading a joint mission, praised the state government for this innovative initiative.

Dr. Joy Iganya Agene, the distinguished leader of the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) Project's global team
Dr. Joy Iganya Agene (Centre with Face Mask), the distinguished leader of the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) Project’s global team

She highlighted the ACReSAL project’s objective of implementing regenerative agriculture practises on 250 hectares across the state. Additionally, the state has provided 20,000 seedlings in each local government area as an initial step.

Emphasising the importance of adequate infrastructure for these institutes’ seamless operation, the Task Team Leader also stressed the necessity for a comprehensive database encompassing all enrolled and trained farmers.

Furthermore, she urged the ACReSAL Team in Yola to propose eco-system services using a community-driven development approach for the Demo Farm.

Farmers expressed their gratitude towards the state government, the World Bank, and the Federal Government of Nigeria for this commendable initiative.

During a recent inspection of the Regenerative Agriculture Demonstration Farm in Yola North, the Task Team Leader of the ACReSAL Project and a Senior Environmental Specialist from the World Bank Nigeria office, leading a joint mission, praised the state government for this innovative initiative.
During a recent inspection of the Regenerative Agriculture Demonstration Farm in Yola North, the Task Team Leader of the ACReSAL Project and a Senior Environmental Specialist from the World Bank Nigeria office, leading a joint mission, praised the state government for this innovative initiative.

They highlighted the ACReSAL Project’s unparalleled community support and stakeholder participation, noting that no other project has garnered such widespread acceptance and involvement.

 

 


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