National Fadama Coordination Office
Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development
Third National Fadama Development Project
“Fadama” is a Hausa name for irrigable land--usually low-lying plains underlay by shallow aquifers found along Nigeria's major river systems. Such lands are especially suitable for irrigated production and fishing, and traditionally provide feed and water for livestock. The enormous potential of this land is only very partially developed. The Fadama I and II projects successfully refined approaches for improved utilization of these lands. Fadama II is implementing an innovative local development planning (LDP) tool and building on the success of the community-driven development mechanisms. The cumulative impact of these earlier successful Bank-assisted projects attests to the robustness of the small-scale and community-based approach to fadama development in an environmentally sensitive manner.
The development objective of Fadama III Project is to increase the incomes of users of rural land and water resources on a sustainable basis. The Project is anchored on the CDD approach, and relies on facilitation for demand-driven investments and empowerment of local community groups and to improve productivity and land quality. Supplemental GEF support will strengthen the land management dimensions.The Project will be coordinated by the National Fadama Coordination Office (NFCO) of the NFRA, the implementing agency of the FMARD, while the day-to-day implementation will mainly take place at the state level.The project aims to cover an estimated 7,400 Fadama Community Associations in 37 participating states including FCT.
Each new participating State will implement Proejct activities in up to 20 Local Government Areas while the old Fadama II State will implement in 10 additional Local Government Area.Target Population
The Project will reach approximately 2.2 million direct beneficiary households, or about 16 million household members. In addition, it is expected that the Project will also reach at least 2 million indirect beneficiary households, as members of the Fadama communities not benefiting directly from subprojects, and nonfadama communities will gain from the investments in public infrastructure and from additional income and employment effects.
The beneficiaries will be encouraged to organize themselves in economic interest groups, named Fadama User Groups (FUGs), each having on average around 20 members (plus these individuals’ households). In addition, they will be assisted to establish Fadama Community Associations (FCAs) which are apex organizations of 15 FUGs each on average at the community level. The objective is to establish 200 FCAs in each state (10 FCAs per LGA in cases where there are 20 LGAs) 8, which corresponds to 7,400 FCAs in the 560 local governments (LGs) to be covered in the 37 states (including FCT).