USAID initiates $3m food insecurity grant for Nigeria

The United States Agency for International Development () says it has launched a COVID-19 Food Security Challenge for three million dollars in grant and technical assistance to address food insecurity.
The Mission Director, Dr Anne Patterson, in a on Monday in Awka, stated gesture would be to youth-led and mid-stage companies working in food value chains .

The also stated that Nigeria was experiencing food insecurity compounded the COVID-19 global pandemic and effects on the food value chain in the country.
It stated pandemic had disrupted already fragile agricultural value chains, especially smallholder farmers’ ability to produce, process and distribute food.
According to the , the pandemic disrupted agricultural productivity and markets and negatively impacts livelihoods, especially among vulnerable , women, and youth.

“We are launching the COVID-19 Food Security Challenge to innovative Nigerians to check food insecurity.
“This assistance encourages private sector-led solutions to boost food production, processing and create market linkage along the agriculture value chain in a sustainable across Nigeria.
seeks commercially viable youth-led and mid-stage companies already working in food production, processing and distribution to participate in the challenge,” it stated.

Patterson also stated that successful applicants would present ideas that demonstrably helped farmers and other stakeholders in the agricultural value chain to increase agricultural productivity and food security within the next six months.

She stated initiative would award 15 to 25 youth-led companies up to 75,000 dollars each and 10 to 15 mid-stage companies up to 150,000 dollars each.
“Winners will receive funding and technical assistance to rapidly expand their activities to mitigate the of COVID-19 on Nigeria’s food value chain and improve the resilience of vulnerable to the negative impacts of the pandemic,” the statement added.
It further announced that application for the grant would be open from April 12 to May 9. (NAN)