Nigeria is currently unable to meet the local demand for vegetables, with a supply gap of around 13 million metric tons. The HortiNigeria programme aims narrow this gap by transforming and accelerating the development of a sustainable and inclusive horticulture sector that contributes to food and nutrition security in rural communities and alleviates poverty.
The goals of the programme are aligned with the Dutch and Nigerian food security and private sector development objectives and fit within the framework of the larger food systems transformation in Nigeria.
HortiNigeria aims to enhance smallholder farmers’ social capital and contribute to their empowerment within the market, particularly focusing its interventions on women and youth. The programme will incentivise value chains and support the sustainable integration of entrepreneurial farmers into profitable markets.
In collaboration with Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation and Wageningen Plant Research, KIT will provide strategic and technical knowledge in areas such as capacity building, innovation-led production systems, youth and gender inclusion, sector coordination, enabling environment, agribusiness growth, and monitoring, evaluation and learning.
“It is very exciting to see our largest food security program in Nigeria taking off. The horticulture sector here offers many opportunities, and we believe The Netherlands can add the most value. Nigeria is currently unable to meet the local demand for vegetables with a supply gap of 13 million metric tons. The horticultural sector employs a high number of women and youth and increased horticultural production will lead to better availability and affordability of nutritious foods.”Marisak Lammers, First Secretary of Food Security and Climate for the Embassy of the Netherlands.