Project Implementation

Some of the implementation projects we are involved in include:


Funding Partner: The Government of the Netherlands

Key project objectives: ACMA aims to contribute to the improvement of food security and to increase the income of smallholder farmers in the Republic of Benin by:

  1. Enhancing their power through trade promotion,
  2. Facilitating their access to agricultural markets both locally and with neighbouring Nigeria and
  3. Build a public-private dialogue to improve the overall business environment for cross border trade through an inter-communal framework where private actors (producers, processors and traders) involved in trade and local governments (mayors) meet to identify and tackle policy and institutional issues that hamper cross border trade with Nigeria,
  4. Invest in a supply management approach by building major storage facilities at the Nigerian borders. The project focuses on six major value chains including maize, cassava, palm oil, chili pepper, fish and soya bean.

Project coverage: Republic of Benin and Nigeria

Project duration: 4 years (2013 – October 2017)

Consortium members: International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), Care International-Benin/Togo, Benin Consulting Group International, and Sahel Capital.

Role of Sahel: Sahel Capital’s role is to provide market intelligence and trade facilitation by creating linkages between Beninese smallholder farmers’ clusters and agro-processing companies in Nigeria, collaborating with customs, trade facilitation organizations, and regional banks.

Impact: The project seeks to enhance the livelihoods of 25,000 smallholder farmers/processors/traders in the Republic of Benin by increasing their productivity and improving their access to markets both locally and in Nigeria.


Funding Partner: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Key project objectives: The Nigerian Dairy Development Program (NDDP) is geared towards improving the livelihoods of smallholder dairy farmers in Nigeria by improving the productivity of their cattle and integrating them into the formal dairy value chain in Nigeria. The Project also includes a nutrition and gender component which are focused on improving nutrition outcomes and promoting women empowerment in smallholder farming communities.

Project coverage: Kano and Oyo states

Project duration: 2 years (2017 – 2019)

Role of Sahel: Sahel heads the Program Management Office (PMO) of the NDDP, providing overall program coordination between the donors, the private sector implementing partners, the government and other key stakeholders engaged in the project. Sahel is also leading holistic gender and nutrition studies to develop approaches for promoting women-centered dairy development and entrepreneurship and improving nutrition outcomes. Finally, Sahel is responsible for monitoring and evaluation activities related to the program

Anticipated Impact: NDDP aims to develop interventions that will help impact the lives of over 30,000 people especially women, enhance their livelihoods, and stimulate the emergence of a viable local dairy industry.


Funding Partner: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Key project objectives: To increase availability, accessibility and affordability of improved yam varieties through the establishment of high quality seed system using improved technologies.

Project coverage: Six yam producing states (Oyo, Enugu, Benue, Nasarawa, Niger, FCT) in Nigeria and two regions in Ghana

Project duration: 6 years (2017 – 2022)

Consortium members: IITA, NRCRI, Context Global Development, Sahel

Role of Sahel: Conduct due-diligence on indigenous seed companies in Nigeria to understand their eligibility and willingness to participate in the project. Also, in partnership with other organizations, develop pre-basic and basic seed yam production models for national agricultural research institutes and commercial seed producers in Nigeria.

Anticipated Impact: YIIFSWA II aims to increase adoption of improved varieties of yam by 340,000 smallholder farmers, men and women in Nigeria and Ghana by year 2022


Funding Partner: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Key project objectives: To develop a sustainable cassava seed value chain, characterized by the commercialization of production and dissemination of cassava planting material. This seed value chain will serve as a vehicle to deliver better quality and more productive cassava planting material, and enable more efficient dissemination and adoption of new cassava varieties to improve productivity and food security, increase incomes of male and female cassava growers and village seed entrepreneurs and enhance gender equity.

Project coverage: Oyo, Ogun, and Kwara State

Project duration: 4 years (2016 – 2019)

Consortium members: IITA, NRCRI, Context Global Development/Sahel Capital, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Fera, RTB (CGIAR Group), National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), SAHTECNO (SAH) Technology

Role of Sahel: Partner with Context Global Development (CGD) to lead the establishment of an innovative and commercially viable commercial stem business model serving high-quality cassava value chains anchored by industrial processors. A rapid propagation technology will be implemented to improve the economic viability of stem production and generate processor buy-in by improving supply assurance of high-quality, high starch content cassava roots from its commercial growers and out-growers.

Anticipated Impact: BASICS aims at ensuring 15,000 farmers have access to quality stems of improved cassava varieties through a processor – led seed production model in Nigeria.

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