Nigeria - Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program – Phase I

Project Summary

Approval Date 30 Oct 2013
Signature Date 22 May 2014
Planned Completion Date 30 Mar 2021
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31161
Commitment U.A 99,030,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program Phase I (ATASP-1) is a programmatic operation that will be the main instrument for consolidating Bank investments in Nigeria. It aims to support the Nigerian Federal Government in the implementation of its Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) launched to attract private sector investment in agriculture, reduce post-harvest losses, add value to local agricultural produce, develop rural infrastructure and enhance access of farmers and other value chain actors to financial services and markets. The ATA sets out to create over 3.5 million jobs along the value chains of the priority agricultural commodities of rice, sorghum, cassava, horticulture, cotton, cocoa, oil palm, livestock, fisheries, etc. for Nigeria’s teeming youths and women, in particular. ATASP Phase I (ATASP-1) will be implemented in five years and is estimated to cost UA113.54 million, respectively, in four Staple Crops Processing Zones (SCPZs) of Adani-Omor, Bida-Badeggi, Kano-Jigawa and Kebbi-Sokoto. Key impacts are additional incomes to an increased number of producers and entrepreneurs in the sector by the creation of about 120,000 jobs along the value chain of priority commodities; and additional 20 million metric tons of key commodity food crops added to domestic food supply per annum.

Project Objectives

The overall sector goal of the proposed Program is to contribute to employment generation and shared wealth creation along the commodity value chains, as well as food and nutrition security. Its specific objective is to increase, on a sustainable basis, the income of smallholder farmers and rural entrepreneurs that are engaged in the production, processing, storage and marketing of the selected commodity value chains.


The direct beneficiaries of ATASP-1 are the 45,300 farmers and rural entrepreneurs participating in commercial agricultural value chains in the four Processing Zones. This number is expected to increase significantly when other economically active value chain entrepreneurs enlist in the Program. The indirect beneficiaries include existing or potential small, medium and large-scale entrepreneurs and business associations who provide services to rural households. A further 200,000 rural youth (40% of them are estimated to be females), who presently lack employment opportunities in the adjourning farming communities will be especially targeted in the outreach program that will provide them with training and support to improve their lives through engagement in agriculture and related businesses.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Nigeria
Federal Ministry of Agriculture


IATI identifier 46002-P-NG-AAB-003
Last Update 11 Jul 2020


Contact Details

Name AMADOU Ibrahim Ahamed

Geographic Location

Country Nigeria
Coordinates Location Name
13.0833 5.25 Sokoto State
10 6 Niger State
11.5 8.5 Kano State
6.33333 7 Anambra
6.5 7.5 Enugu State
12.1 9.56 Jigawa State
11.5 4 Kebbi State