Adaptation to Climate Change in Poor Communities
We have trained 5 fishing communities in Kogi State. In collaboration with Federal Ministry of Environment, Climate Change Unit, and 12 farming communities in Plateau State in adaptation to the vagaries of change in the climate in collaboration with the Plateau State Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture Services Training Company, an Israeli firm based in Jos.
156 Villagers were taught to use greenhouse technology in breeding fish and planting tomatoes and other vegetables.
We carried out Aquaculture Best Management Practices trainings nationwide
Sponsored by one of our development partners Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) for 196 fish farmers, 68 Government Fisheries Extension Workers and 12 bankers drawn from 3 States in Nigeria under the SUSTAINABLE AQUACULTURE SYSTEMS FOR NIGERIA, a Technical Cooperation Partnership Project, (TCP/NIR/3203(D).
Formation of Co-operative Societies
We train cooperatives societies formed in improved farming and fish farming practices.
Assist and facilitate access to micro-credit for the start-up and expansion of micro-businesses in host communities through revolving loans scheme.
Cross credit guarantee scheme by organizing farming communities into cooperative societies.
Regional Workshops, Summits and Conferences
124 fishermen and 16 women fish processors were assisted after the 2012 in 5 communities in Lokoja in December 2013. We organize regional workshops, summits and conferences to foster unity and exchange of ideas and research findings across Africa. We provide financial and/or technical assistance to community- generated conservation and management initiatives, i.e., initiatives that start from the ground up.
We thus build partnerships between the public and private sector, and between the government and local communities.
Eriwa Fish Farm Villages
Access to land and security of tenure are important for poverty reduction initiatives to succeed. 156 hectares of farmland acquired from the Ogun State Government has witnessed accelerated growth and has continued to receive worldwide commendations including those of UN, FAO, etc.
Fish Farmers’ Cooperative Societies operating at the Eriwe Farm Village have grown tremendously in assets building and productivity.
The assets include: over 4000 earthen (dugout) fish ponds, 846 boreholes, a smoking kiln, and several pumping machines. In addition, there is a modern feedmill, one fish hatchery.
The present value of the infrastructural assets at Eriwe is over N600, 000,000.00 (Four hundred million naira only. (In 2016, the fish ponds have increased to 5,055 in number, please see attached video).
With regard to production of fish in Eriwe Farm Village in Year 2013 alone, 1,533 metric tons of fish valued N728,969,875 ($4,859,799.16) (Seven hundred and twenty-eight million nine hundred and sixty-nine thousand and eight hundred and seventy five naira only) was sold.