Justice, Development & Peace Movement

Catholic Diocese Of Oyo

Catholic Relief Service

BACKGROUD

Cassava is an important crop for three reasons: It is drought-resistant , it's available all year and it is the source of major and common food of substantial number of Nigerians, so it can mitigate food shortages.

So any form of improvement in cassava be it in term quality or quantity will be a great source of blessings for the good number of Nigrians

Hence, JDPM in conjuction with CRS is building a network of dozens of local partners in Nigeria. This network is helping to create a commercial and sustainable cassava seed system. Scientists provide advice based on sound evidence and extensive research. And with strong relationships in the farming communities, Catholic partners are trusted advisors. We leverage skills and knowledge so small-scale farmers can produce, market and sell cassava and its stems profitably. This helps farmers earn enough to sustain their families through a difficult growing season.

 

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

 

SUSTAINABLE CASSAVA SEED SYSTEM {SCSS} project

 

This project is aimed at developing the business capacity of the farmers on improved cassava stems. The farmers involved are called cassava Seeds Entrepreneur (SE).

 

The project, Sustainable Cassava Seed Systems [SCSS] objective is to increase farmers purchase of high quality cassava seed of improved varieties delivered through a sustainable and commercial seed system in targeted communities in Oyo Catholic Diocese, also to strengthen public and private sector synergy in providing quality seed and provision of services.

  • Ø The partners

The following are co-actors in the project,

  • National Root Crops Research Institute[NRCRI]
  • International Institutes of Tropical Agriculture[IITA]
  • National Agricultural Seeds Council [NASC],
  • Agricultural Development Program[ADP],
  • Seed Entrepreneurs [SEs ]
  • Farmer group, for the proper implementation of the project.     

 

  • Ø Basic Criteria used for SE selection by JDPM and CRS
  • Geographic and gender spread
  • Willingness to take risk
  • Marketing experience/potentials
  • Social network
  • Commitment and availability of personal resources
  • Literacy/record keeping skills

 

  • Ø Information about SEs selected

S/N

Name

Year Engaged

Location

Address

Phone

SEs FG

  1.  

Ojedele Joshua

2012

Agunrege

Halleluyah House,Agunrege

08077103494

Agbewumi FG Agunrege

  1.  

Morakinyo Fatai

2012

Irawo

Olugbode compound, Irawo

08063833437

Agbegbemi FG Irawo

  1.  

Otolorin Buraimoh

2012

Tede

Adagbo oke-oja, Tede

08161792507

Isokan FG Tede

  1.  

Mrs Amusat Fausat

2013

Agunrege

Ile Agoro Agunrege

08155097280

Agbewumi FG Agunrege

  1.  

Mr Rabiu Mustapha

2013

Owotoro

Itan compound Owotoro

08056622069

Agbeloba FG Owotoro

  1.  

Alhaji Sulaimon Salahudeen

2013

Tede

Olowola Adesola compound Tede

07064775915

Isokan FG Tede

  1.  

Ojoawo Simion

2013

Ago are

Araba compound Ago are.

08051261884

Inukan FG Ago are

  1.  

Chief Ogundiran Josuha

2013

Ofiki

Jagun compound Agere ofiki

08039124411

Agbedara FG Ofiki

9

Mrs Racheal Akande

2014

Ago Amodu

 

 

 

10

Alh Gbolahan

2014

Sepeteri

Siyanbola compound opp UCH Hospital Sepeteri

08051706386

 

11

Niyi Adebayo

2014

Sepeteri

Omopupa compound Oke tasi Sepeteri

08076132088

Agbeloba FG Sepeteri

12

Rasheed Tijani

2014

Oje owode

 

 

 

13

Abioye Afolabi

2014

Sepeteri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Ø Follow Up Activities

JDPM coordinates field activities in the respective operational areas, by working closely with farmer groups to raise their cassava productivity through intensified extension services and access to inputs.

 The programme conducts weekly 2-day field monitoring of seed entrepreneurs and farmer groups in their locations, this is in partnership with ADP extension officers and the objective is to review progress and collect seed entrepreneur data on production and challenges.

Participate actively in farmer and other-stakeholder analysis of selected value chains and access and adoption studies.

 

  • Ø TRAINING SESSIONS CONDUCTED WITH SEs:
  1. Group strengthening (governance and management structures)
  2. Market identification and collective marketing
  3. Cassava agronomy;
  4. Quality control
  5. Business basics
  6. Stem handling and storage

 

  • Ø COLLABORATION WITH ADP

—  JDPM collaborated with ADP staff, this has led to the promotion of public and private extension synergy, and this also provided technical training and support to farmers and seed entrepreneurs.

—  JDPM also had a support with ADP and as well partner with IITA to set up and monitor farm demonstrations with seed entrepreneurs and farmer groups.

  • Ø MEETINGS

—  JDPM convened partner level monthly planning and review meetings (JDPC, ADP, agro-dealers and farmer representatives) to effectively track project performance.

—  JDPM brought seed entrepreneurs together for pre- season planning and post season learning sessions.

—  Facilitate famer organization and cassava Processor Linkages.

 

  • Ø Opportunities

 

The Garri processing units in each of the communities, will increase cassava production.

Food security in Nigerian

Employment / job creation

Improved cassava varieties readily available within the reach of the farmer

  • Ø Challenges         
  •  Invasion of SEs field by fulani cattle rearers
  • High cost of labour