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Women's Economic Empowerment: Success Stories from Northern Nigeria
Women’s Economic Empowerment: Success Stories from Northern Nigeria

Read our collection of women’s empowerment stories at the farmer, cooperative and entrepreneur levels.

2017

Esther Sambo: on acquiring a new power tiller with her group
Esther Sambo: on acquiring a new power tiller with her group

Through an agreement brokered by Propcom Mai-karfi under its power tillers intervention, in 2015, 100 women’s cooperatives in 8 states received tillers for their farming businesses.

2015

Shea nut pickers: on market access for their shea kernels
Shea nut pickers: on market access for their shea kernels

Propcom Mai-karfi’s partnership with SALID Nigeria Limited has provided a ready market for women shea nut pickers in Niger and Kwara states, in addition to building their capacities on kernel processing.

2015

Acha producer: on access to processing services
Acha Producer: On Access to Processing services

Acha is a cereal crop which is very hard to manually process.

2015

Women farmers: on input loans and swapping grains for fertilizers
Women farmers: on input loans and swapping grains for fertilisers

Propcom Mai-karfi (PM) and Africa Exchange Holdings (AFEX) are partnering on a warehouse receipt scheme to provide grain storage services to rural farmers and includes a swap component which allows farmers to exchange their grains for fertilisers.

2014

Minding the GAP = Improved Yields and Income
Minding the GAP = Improved Yields and Income

A story of how smallholder farmers are benefiting from improved linkages to crop protection products.

2014

Tractor Loans Benefit Service Providers and Farmers
Tractor Loans Benefit Service Providers and Farmers

Propcom Mai-karfi’s tractor component is helping tractor service providers like Suleiman Maigana to access loans for new tractors from commercial banks.

2013

Babban Gona: A Business of Social Impact
Babban Gona: A Business of Social Impact

Starting in June 2013, Propcom Mai-karfi (PM) has invested in development impact bonds with Babban Gona; an agricultural franchise which is responding to some of the key challenges impeding smallholder farmers’ profitability in Nigeria.

2013

Vaccine Sales Save Poor Farmers’ Poultry
Vaccine Sales Save Poor Farmers’ Poultry

Propcom Mai-karfi’s partnership with Agriprojects Concept International, National Veterinary Research Institute, and a network of village-based vaccinators has made poultry vaccines available and affordable for poor rural people in northern Nigeria.

2012

Market Link Newsletter – Issue 03 (May 2011)
Market Link Newsletter – Issue 03 (May 2011)

Despite low soil fertility and increasing nutrient depletion, fertilizer use among farmers in Nigeria is among the lowest in the world.

2011

Fertilizer Innovation Market: Fertilizer + Training for Nigeria’s Farmers
Fertiliser Innovation Market: Fertiliser + Training for Nigeria’s Farmers

Sidi Bweta is a 32-year-old farmer living in Guyuk, a rural town in Nigeria’s Adamawa state.

2011

Market Link Newsletter – Issue 02 (October 2010)
Market Link Newsletter – Issue 02 (October 2010)

An innovative tractor lease financing scheme, designed to help private operators own tractors and increase farmers’ access to tractor services, has been launched in Nigeria.

2010

Market Link Newsletter – Issue 01 (July 2010)
Market Link Newsletter – Issue 01 (July 2010)

The rice value chain in Nigeria faces several challenges, ranging from insufficient incentives for local producers and an inability to compete with higher quality imported rice, through to inadequate regulatory and policy frameworks, which, if improved, would stimulate the growth of the sector.

2010

PrOpCom “Goes to Abuja”
PrOpCom “Goes to Abuja”

The House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture is responsible for steering the nation’s policy on agriculture and ensuring the interest of the country when it comes to agricultural trade and investment.

2010

Fertiliser Market Innovation: Becoming a Rural Entrepreneur – a Village Promoter’s Story
Fertiliser Market Innovation: Becoming a Rural Entrepreneur – a Village Promoter’s Story

Until 2010 Kawu Umar taught Hausa at his local school in Guyuk town of Adamawa state, Nigeria.

2010

Small pack fertilizer for Nigeria
Small pack fertilizer for Nigeria

In Nigeria, as elsewhere in Africa, affording fertilizer when it is needed most is a real problem for many small-scale farmers. Fertilizer tends to be delivered late, is expensive and maybe adulterated or of poor quality.

2010

Rice Parboilers: The First Ladies of Rice
Rice Parboilers: The First Ladies of Rice

The Dawanau rice and grains market in Kano is the largest in West Africa.

2009

Agricultural Policy Innovation: Kano State Government Endorses Rice Investment Policy
Agricultural Policy Innovation: Kano State Government Endorses Rice Investment Policy

Kano state government considers rice a key commercial commodity, one that deserves special policy attention.

2009

Tractor Market Innovation: Mr Isaac Adesope, Tractor Owner and Service Provider
Tractor Market Innovation: Mr Isaac Adesope, Tractor Owner and Service Provider

Mr. Isaac Adesope is a quiet man blessed with four children. Though he was raised in a family that had barely enough to provide for him, he is now running a highly profitable business.

2009

Agricultural Policy Innovation
Agricultural Policy Innovation

Agriculture is the main occupation in Ogun state, providing income and employment for about 70% of the labour force.

2008

The Price of Rice is Nice in Abeokuta
The Price of Rice is Nice in Abeokuta

PrOpCom and its partners trained thirty consultants from various backgrounds to deliver the Nigerian Agricultural Enterprise Curriculum (NAEC) to an audience of farmers, processors and agricultural input suppliers.

2008

Rice Parboilers: Loans for the ‘Unbanked’
Rice Parboilers: Loans for the ‘Unbanked’

In Kano State, one of Nigeria’s major rice production and processing areas, 99% of parboilers are women.

2008

Using the Mudu Fund to Nurture a Market
Using the Mudu Fund to Nurture a Market

Ninety-nine percent of the parboiling in Kano is carried out by women.

2008

Parboiling her Way to Respect
Parboiling her Way to Respect

Aisha Ibrahim is a young lady involved in the parboiling business in Tudunwada.

2008

Newsreel 03 - December 2007
Newsreel 03 – December 2007

PrOpCom approaches commodity chains from the market end with initial focus on agro-industrial Plinkages especially marketing and processing.

2007

Alhaji Monsuru Ajayi, Farmer and Rice Miller in Ogun state
Alhaji Monsuru Ajayi, Farmer and Rice Miller in Ogun state

Alhaji Monsuru Ajayi, farmer and rice miller in Ogun state request to lease the plot for a specified period of time.

2007

A Healthy Appetite for Ofada Rice
A Healthy Appetite for Ofada Rice

Jumoke Ogundipe, is the CEO of Abiding Grace Ventures and is involved in the processing and marketing of her own “Eppy Ray” brand of Ofada Rice in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

2006

Using Livestock and Associated Product Markets to Demonstrate M4P In Nigeria
Using Livestock and Associated Product Markets to Demonstrate M4P In Nigeria

A successful strategy for agricultural development will have to address the needs of both farmers and agro-based enterprises.

2005

Cashew Sub-sector Strategic Framework: Using Cashew Sector Markets for Pro-poor Growth in Nigeria
Cashew Sub-sector Strategic Framework: Using Cashew Sector Markets for Pro-poor Growth in Nigeria

Nigeria is one of the top ten cashew producers in the world.

2005

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