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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

DFID to invest $43 million in climate change programme in Nigeria

The Department for International Development (DFID) has promised to invest £30million in climate change programme in Nigeria. This is contained in a statement issued by DFID’s Director of Information, Mr Tony Ohaeri on Friday in Abuja. The statement said DFID’s Head of Office, Mr Ben Meller, gave the promise when he paid a visit to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh. “DFID would invest the sum of £30million in climate change programme in Nigeria and we are ready to give financial supports to the rural areas through the Bank of Agriculture. “Challenges such as climate change, finance, infrastructure among others are militating against sustainable growth of the sector. “DFID recognises the agricultural sector as the mainstay of the Nigerian economy giving the dwindling nature of the price of crude oil. “The Department would collaborate with the Federal Government in its efforts to grow and develop the country’s agricultural sector,’’ the statement said. It quoted Meller as saying that this would help to address the problem of funds associated with small scale farming in the rural areas. The statement quoted the minister as commending the existing relationship between the ministry and DFID. Ogbe described the department initiatives in poverty alleviation and climate change as “laudable.’’ The minister disclosed that three million cashew and cocoa trees would be planted annually to mitigate the effects of climate change on agriculture. He urged more collaboration between the ministry and DFID to improve livelihood of rural dwellers.

Source: Asoko Insight