Nigeria Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program – Phase 1 (ATASP-1 Outreach Program)

The Federal Government of Nigeria has launched the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) to attract private sector investment in agriculture, reduce post-harvest losses, add value to local agricultural produce, develop rural infrastructure and enhance access of farmers and other value chain actors to financial services and markets. The ATA sets out to create over 3.5 million jobs along the value chains of the priority agricultural commodities of rice, sorghum, cassava, horticulture, cotton, cocoa, oil palm, livestock, fisheries, etc. for Nigeria’s teeming youths and women, in particular. The Bank intends to contribute to the objectives of the ATA through its on-going projects, and the Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program (ATASP), which is a programmatic operation that will be the main instrument for consolidating Bank investments in Nigeria. ATASP Phase I (ATASP-1, interchangeably referred to as the Program) will be implemented in five years and is estimated to cost UA113.54 million, with UA98.78 million and UA0.25 million financed from ADF loan and grant resources, respectively, in four Staple Crops Processing Zones (SCPZs) of Adani-Omor, Bida-Badeggi, Kano-Jigawa and Kebbi-Sokoto. Key impacts are additional incomes to an increased number of producers and entrepreneurs in the sector by the creation of about 120,000 jobs along the value chain of priority commodities; and additional 20 million metric tons of key commodity food crops added to domestic food supply per annum. ATASP-i has 3 components as follows:

 Component 1: Infrastructure Development Rehabilitation of irrigation water conveyance canals; rehabilitation of access roads; rehabilitation of primary schools and community health centers; provision of potable water supply and sanitation facilities; rehabilitation of demonstration and technology centers, community markets and produce storage facilities; preparation and implementation of ESMPs.

Component 2: Commodity Value Chain Development Capacity development for relevant Ministries’ departments; private and community-based institutions; training value chain actors in technical and managerial skills; promoting use of science & technology; training in post-harvest reduction methods; business and entrepreneurship training; training of communities and health workers on prevention and management of common diseases, nutrition and hygiene practices; development of market information system (MIS); management of environmental and social impacts; implementation of policies to promote private investment in agriculture.

Component 3: Program Management Coordination of program activities; baseline studies and assessments; management based on results measurement framework; monitoring and evaluation; implementation of ESMPs; program procurement, disbursement, financial management, audit and reporting

The Outreach Program ATASP-1 plans to transform Nigeria’s cassava, rice and sorghum sectors through a novel outreach program with contributions from three CGIAR centers (IITA-cassava;AfricaRice-rice; and ICRISAT-sorghum). This Outreach Program has 3 components: Component 1: Technology verification and extension with activities on (1) Technology verification, (2) seed systems, planting material production and diffusion Component 2: skills development activities on (1) agribusiness development, (2) processing and marketing and (3) promotion of youth entrepreneurship in agriculture. Component 3: Effective Program management involving (1) Baseline studies, (2) M&E (3) establishment of apprropriate management structure (4) Establishment of Youth Agribusiness Training Centers


To empower the youth in Nigeria through the full realization of the potential of cassava, rice, and sorghum value chains for employment/income generation and food security, especially among some of the country’s poorest and most vulnerable populations.

Specific objectives

  • To identify and promote science-based solutions for cassava, rice, and sorghum value chains through technology verification, production, and diffusion of quality seed and planting material underpinned by sound seed systems.
  • To enhance skills acquisition and hence job creation through the development of agribusiness, processing, and marketing, and the promotion of youth entrepreneurship.
  • To ensure effective program management, monitoring, and evaluation using appropriate and quantitative results measurement frameworks to assess progress.


Gbassay Tarawali

Project duration

Start: 01 March 2015
End: 30 March 2021

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