The Growth Enhancement Support Scheme is a Federal Government of Nigeria agricultural program introduced to increase agricultural yield and bring about food sustainability by creating an avenue for farmers and agro-dealers to procure agro-inputs (fertilizer, seeds and agro-chemicals) at subsidized rates.
It represents a policy and logical shift within the existing Fertilizer Market Stabilization Programme as it puts the resource constrained farmer at the centre through the provision of series of incentives to encourage the critical actors in the fertilizer value chain to work together to improve productivity, household food security and the income of the farmer.
The major goal of the scheme is to target five (5) million farmers in each year for a period of four (4) years, totalling twenty (20) million at the end of the program. By which is it believed that the participating farmers will attain self sufficiency and a stable, measurable growth in yield.
The government of Liberia in collaboration with multi-lateral and bilateral partners seeks to bring about Sustained Economic Growth to Liberia by taking advantage of the country’s agricultural potentials. The government seeks to create market incentives to the private sector to make Agriculture a successful and prosperous business. To this end, the Liberian farmer is considered the most important actor in the attainment of these objectives. 3,000 farmers were targeted for this program.
To achieve these, the Liberian Government introduced the intervention known as the Liberian Agriculture Transformation Agenda (LATA). The LATA scheme connects recipients of agricultural inputs (fertilizers and seeds) to financial services providers via mobile wallets services. The Agrikore platform helps to bring the LATA goals together by making farm inputs available at subsidized rates, providing a suitable condition for Private sector led inputs distribution, creating an avenue for farmers to make extra sales, access to loan and credit, as well as extra income and access to the commodity market. The system enables real time reporting, impact assessment and much more.
The major objective of this scheme is to deliver in an efficient manner, modern inputs of quality seeds and breeds, fertilizer and other agro-chemicals to Liberian farmers through an efficient ICT platform-based input distribution system.
IFAD’s supports the Nigerian government’s poverty reduction in rural areas, the program targets large numbers of smallholder farmers and is essentially people-centred. All programmes and projects of IFAD are structured to address the livelihood needs of poor rural people.
These operations have contributed to using technology to increase incomes and family food security while also fostering demand-driven and participatory approaches to agricultural and rural support scheme.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) also directs its assistance towards empowering small-scale farmers, landless people and rural women to generate sustainable incomes from farming and other agricultural activities as well as improving access of poor rural communities to financial and social services by promoting initiatives to foster rapid poverty reduction and economic growth led by the private sector.