State Coordinator Profile 

Name of State Coordinator

Samuel Iorungwa Agwa

Short Profile

Lectures in the Department of Home Science and Management, Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi and currently on leave of absence since 2009 to date. Prior to appointment as State Coordinator for NEPAD/International Relations he was Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on International Relations and Development. He is the Benue State UNDP Focal and also the State Partnership Manager for the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF III). A trained Corruption Risk Assessor. Prolific writer and Author. Is published in academic journals locally and internationally. Happily married with children.


NEPAD Office Address

Office of the Executive Governor of Benue State
7 Kashim Ibrahim Road, Makurdi

Phone: +2347039720805, +2348024342737
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State website: None

 

Projects

Project I: Benue SMART AGRO in partnership with Zukutiv Farms & LGs in Benue State

Project start date May 2014
Project end date March 2016
Short description

SMART Agriculture or farming, but not be restricted to, the following:-

• Application of integrated farming methods or agriculture
• Use of the principle of simplicity of machinery
• Use of spatially-enabled tools
• Adapting rural and other achievable technologies
• Efficient and timely management of resources
SMART, as used here is the acronym for “Smallholding Management of Accessible or Adaptable Rural Technologies” in Agriculture.


Benefits/Objective:
• It is the most feasible and realistic vehicle for the empowerment of the youth and other able-bodied persons
• Trainees exposed to opportunities arising from engagement in integrated agriculture which in simple terms is a system where nothing is allowed to waste; the so-called “waste” from one agricultural process or operation becomes an input for another (a.k.a. renewable energy systems)
• The ultimate result is to demonstrate that agriculture is a profitable venture (agribusiness)
• Trainees are imparted with sustainable knowledge, techniques and skills in integrated agriculture for optimum results
• Agriculture is demonstrably shown as a venture which is not all about tilling the soil and herein lies its beauty and attractiveness
• A new generation of youth farmers created to replace the declining population of aging farmers
• Farmers and entrepreneurs equipped to create greater leverage in the marketplace and attract business service providers and more efficiently link to urban and export markets
• Benue State to be a necessary early-comer to key-in to the FGNs mobile agro scheme under the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA)

Project II: BENUE YAM AND CASSAVA PROCESSING CAPACITY BUILDING FOR COOPERATIVES AND AGRIBUSINESS SMALL SCALE OPERATORS IN BENUE STATE in partnership with New Frontier Industries Ltd

Project start date: August 2014
Project end date: December 2014


Short Description : Yams and Cassava remain very critical staple crops in Benue State that no doubt have made the appellation ‘Food Basket of the Nation’ demonstrably real. 2012 statistics indicates a metric tonnage of 2,994,300 and 3,592,280 for yams and cassava respectively. This is quite outstanding even though estimated 25%-40% is reportedly lost or wasted owing to low value addition and a weak post harvest processing strategy.


Objectives
• To strengthen the capacity of Cooperatives and farm families in local refined processing
• To create market opportunities for trainees and by extension more IGR for State
• To transfer local technologies that can be manage be farmers effectively and affordably
• To improve on tuber processing and maximize income of farmers
• To increase awareness in agribusiness and value chains in agriculture

Project III: DEEPENING THE CAPACITIES OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS FOR PEACE IN BENUE STATE TO EFFECTIVELY ADDRESS CONFLICTS INVOLVING PASTORALISTS AND FARMING COMMUNITIES

Project start date: May 2014
Project end date: April 2015
Short Description :

 

PROJECT GOAL
Towards the peaceful resolution and transformation of resource based conflicts in Benue State
 

OBJECTIVES:

  1. Building the capacity of farming and pastoralists communities in the target locations to address resource-based conflicts through: trainings, formation and mentoring of community peace groups, and youth association, in communities across Benue State.
  2. Implementing initiatives to increase commitment among stakeholders including government, non-government and private sector actors through peace fora, town hall meetings, rallies and media sensitization towards addressing resource-based conflicts in the target communities
  3. Enablement speedy resolution of violent conflicts in priority target locations.
  4. Monitor and evaluate project outcomes every two months with a view to addressing intervention gaps, strengthening commitment to the project goal and objectives as well carryout an end-term evaluation to identify good practices to share with stakeholders.
     

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