Nigeria: in addition to the planning ministry which hosts EBAFOSA Nigeria, focal persons to constitute the Nigeria interagency policy task force have been established in the Ministries of Agriculture, Environment and Power and Energy. Additional focal persons from ministries of lands, Industry/trade among others are being mobilized to launch the task force. Among priority policies is development of an incentives package to encourage investors in off-grid electrification.
EBAFOSA Nigeria has built on ongoing farmer enterprises under the Merit Choice Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd and the Agriculture Forum of Merit Choice Entrepreneurs’ Network (MENET) to integrate EBA and clean energy value addition. EBA has been introduced to farms that are engaging up to 1600 people, with 1000 being youth.
Next steps to link these farms to clean energy value addition and markets is underway. For this, EBAFOSA Nigeria has conducted training on EBA agro-industrial zone powered by clean energy. Targeting the cassava value chain, farmers are being grouped into clusters to use their cassava peels and other agricultural wastes to generate electricity. Linkages with Solar pumps for irrigation is ongoing. Formation of cooperatives to pool resources to finance acquisition of clean energy equipment underway.
- EBAFOSA Nigeria collaborating with Ogun, Ebonyi, Benue and Nasarawa State government of Nigeria for Solar- powered agro processing community- based rice. The aim is to establish a solar powered rice mill to rice growing communities in the area. Over 2,500 farmers are expected to benefit from this partnership.
- EBAFOSA Nigeria partnering with the African Foundation and Development (AFED) and IITA on cassava value chain development. For now over 5––00 EBA farmers growing cassava has benefited from better market access and the next step is to linked them to clean energy for processing to reduce post-harvest losses. Over 2000 farmers are expected to benefit in the next phase of the project.