RURAL AGRO-SUPPORT SCHEME
We are promoting food security and agricultural resilience through technological empowerment, input support and advisory services for rural farmers in Nigeria.

Rural Agro-support scheme (RAS) is an intervention programme under Rural Nurture Initiative (RNI), designed to help smallholder farmers better cope with the core challenges bedeviling the agricultural system in rural Nigeria.

Food insecurity has been one of the major challenges facing rural Nigeria and the precarious state of hunger is caused by extreme poverty, climate change, corruption and insurgency (World Data Lab, 2018, 2020). The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has further impeded the quest to attain self-sufficiency in food production and attain SDGs 1, 2 and 3, as it takes sad tolls on the food supply chain in Nigeria.

Production of all kinds of food crops and livestock, mostly managed by the smallholder farmers in the rural areas is a panacea to achieving zero hunger and adequate nutrition in Nigeria. Also, this subsistence farming provides livelihood source for the rural farmers and contributes meaningfully to the nation’s economic growth. However, climate change, pest and diseases, insecurity and inconsistent policies have hindered its full manifestation.

Consequently, the Rural Agro-support Scheme (RAS) is focused on providing technological empowerment, extension advisory services on modern, smart and sustainable crop and animal production, as well as agricultural input (such as improved seedlings, fertilizers, herbicides,  etc.) support to the rural farmers.

In addition, efforts would be made through research, advocacy and engagement with policy actors (stakeholders’ nterview), to influence the agricultural policy process in Nigeria.

OUR PROJECTS

Climate Change Adaptive Response Project (CCARP)

Background

Climate change is one of the most complex environmental challenges undermining progress towards sustainable development, with notable adverse effect on agriculture and food systems in developing countries. It continues to threaten the achievement of food security and livelihood sustainability both at global and national levels. Unfortunately, small holder farmers in Nigeria, largely responsible for about 80% of the total national food productionare dependent on rain-fed agriculture. Consequently, there is growing evidence of vulnerability of smallholder farmers to the effects of climate change.

  1. reduce rural poverty through additional cropping season that irrigated agriculture provides, which would lead to increased yields and consequently boost farmers’ income.
  2. reduce farmers’ vulnerability to shocks created by climate change by promoting efficient adaptation strategies.
  3. ensure better water resource prioritization by efficiently utilising water resources near farms in rural areas.
  4. enhance the economic growth of rural areas in contributing to agricultural GDP resulting from improved livelihood and increased income.
  5. create a viable support system for women in agriculture through a 50% gender inclusion rate.

CCARP is a two (2) phased community-based intervention designed to support smallholder farmers in combating climate change and its undesirable effects in Southwestern Nigeria.

The first phase of the project seeks to facilitate the adoption of improved varieties of seeds among smallholder farmers, as a climate adaptation strategy in the project location.

Proposed Location:

1. Oretu village and its environs, Akinyele LGA, Oyo State, Nigeria

2. Soremekun village and its environs, Odeda LGA, Ogun State, Nigeria

Proposed number of beneficiaries: 200 farmers

Kick-off date for phase 1: Saturday, March 12, 2022

Duration: 6 months

Project Deliverables: request full proposal (Email: ras@rnionline.org)

The second phase of the project is designed to facilitate the adoption of small scale irrigation technology among smallholder farmers in the project location.

Proposed Location:

1. Oretu village and its environs, Akinyele LGA, Oyo State, Nigeria

2. Soremekun village and its environs, Odeda LGA, Ogun State, Nigeria

Proposed number of beneficiaries: 200 farmers

Kick-off date for phase 2: dry season (December, 2022)

Duration: 12 months

Project Deliverables: request full proposal (Email: ras@rnionline.org)

Trainings and Workshops

CCARP Train-the-Trainer Workshop

As part of the project component of CCARP, we organized a Train-the-Trainer Workshop for our volunteers and contact farmers from our adopted villages.
 
The workshop featured:
– Community Seed productionTechniques
– Climate-Smart Agronomic practices
– Effective Extension Communication Strategies
 
Our seasoned facilitators were:
 
1. Prof. Samuel Adelowo Olakojo
– Professor of Plant Breeding and Applied Genetics, Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, (IAR&T), Obafemi Awolowo University, Moor Plantation, Ibadan, Nigeria.
– Technical Adviser, Samlak Seeds Nig. Ltd.
 
2. Dr. Anjolaoluwa O Fadairo
– Research Fellow, South West Farming Systems Research and Extension Programme (SWFSR&EP), Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), Obafemi Awolowo University, Moor Plantation, Ibadan, Nigeria.
 
Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022
Time: 2:00 WAT

Climate Change Adaptive Response Project (CCARP)

Background

Climate change is one of the most complex environmental challenges undermining progress towards sustainable development, with notable adverse effect on agriculture and food systems in developing countries. It continues to threaten the achievement of food security and livelihood sustainability both at global and national levels. Unfortunately, small holder farmers in Nigeria, largely responsible for about 80% of the total national food productionare dependent on rain-fed agriculture. Consequently, there is growing evidence of vulnerability of smallholder farmers to the effects of climate change.

  1. reduce rural poverty through additional cropping season that irrigated agriculture provides, which would lead to increased yields and consequently boost farmers’ income.
  2. reduce farmers’ vulnerability to shocks created by climate change by promoting efficient adaptation strategies.
  3. ensure better water resource prioritization by efficiently utilising water resources near farms in rural areas.
  4. enhance the economic growth of rural areas in contributing to agricultural GDP resulting from improved livelihood and increased income.
  5. create a viable support system for women in agriculture through a 50% gender inclusion rate.

CCARP is a two (2) phased community-based intervention designed to support smallholder farmers in combating climate change and its undesirable effects in Southwestern Nigeria.

The first phase of the project seeks to facilitate the adoption of improved varieties of seeds among smallholder farmers, as a climate adaptation strategy in the project location.

Proposed Location: Oretu village and its environs, Akinyele LGA, Oyo State, Nigeria

Proposed number of beneficiaries: 200 farmers

Kick-off date for phase 1: Saturday, March 12, 2022

Duration: 6 months

Project Deliverables: request full proposal (Email: ras@rnionline.org)

The second phase of the project is designed to facilitate the adoption of small scale irrigation technology among smallholder farmers in the project location.

Project Location: Oretu village and its environs, Akinyele LGA,Oyo State

Proposed number of beneficiaries: 200 farmers

Kick-off date for phase 2: dry season (December, 2022)

Duration: 12 months

Project Deliverables: request full proposal (Email: ras@rnionline.org)

Trainings and Workshops

CCARP Train-the-Trainer Workshop

As part of the project component of CCARP, we organized a Train-the-Trainer Workshop for our volunteers and contact farmers from our adopted villages.
 
The workshop featured:
– Community Seed productionTechniques
– Climate-Smart Agronomic practices
– Effective Extension Communication Strategies
 
Our seasoned facilitators were:
 
1. Prof. Samuel Adelowo Olakojo
– Professor of Plant Breeding and Applied Genetics, Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, (IAR&T), Obafemi Awolowo University, Moor Plantation, Ibadan, Nigeria.
– Technical Adviser, Samlak Seeds Nig. Ltd.
 
2. Dr. Anjolaoluwa O Fadairo
– Research Fellow, South West Farming Systems Research and Extension Programme (SWFSR&EP), Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), Obafemi Awolowo University, Moor Plantation, Ibadan, Nigeria.
 
Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022
Time: 2:00 WAT

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