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Third Quarter Highlights

PIND programs benefited 397 people directly and 1,715 indirectly

  • 21 training programs were conducted
  • 1,085 individuals were trained
  • One research study was conducted

Fifteen hundred cassava farmers participated in the Cassava Value Chain Project outgrower (contract farming) program. Hundreds of farmers across Edo and Ondo States were selected to receive training in agronomics best practices.

The Aquaculture Value Chain Project facilitated fish farming best practices training to local farmers in partnership with a fish feed company, local service providers, consultants and two fish farmer associations. Eight new Chorkor ovens that increase the speed and quality of fish smoking were also installed in five communities.

Peace building and conflict reductionefforts were bolstered by the dissemination of an updated series of Niger Delta conflict bulletins during this quarter. In partnership with The Fund For Peace, the bulletins were analyzed for a deeper, qualitative assessment of the root causes of conflict in each location.  Conflict bulletins are now publicly available for all nine Niger Delta states via the interactive Partners 4 Peace Map.

NDPI and PIND completed the data analysis phase of the Participatory Strategic Review, a broad examination of the performance of both organizations designed to inform planning for 2015 through 2020.

Preparations continued for the Niger Delta Development Forums scheduled for Washington, DC on October 23 and in Calabar, Nigeria on November 25-26. 

Programs Update

Economic Development

The program uses a pro-poor market development approach aimed at improving market systems to work effectively for the poor to promote economic growth and consequently reduce poverty.

Q3 2014 Summary
  • 143 farmers participated in PIND economic development activities, up from48 participants in the previous quarter
  • 39 service providers sustainably delivered services to small and medium-sized business enterprises (SMEs) up from six service providers in the previous quarter.
  • 132 farmer adopted practices for increased profitability, up from 80 farmers in the previous quarter.
  • 5 firms provided business support to 20 farmers, a ratio of 1 trainer per 20 farmer as compared to the previous quarter when two service providers assisted 636 farmers.

Aquaculture Value Chain Project

aquaculture value chainFish farmers in the scale-up of the demonstration pond project sort fingerlings for their ponds. Six demonstration ponds were established in partnership with Grand Cereals in Asaba and Ughelli, Delta State.

Throughout this quarter, the fish farming demonstration pond project continued to expand. Grand Cereal, a fish feed company, contracted two local service providers to oversee the creation of six new demonstration ponds in the cities of Asaba and Ughelli.  Two fish farming associations—Camp 74 Fish Farming Association and Catfish Farmers Association of Nigeria—also partnered with Grand Cereal on this project and 60 fish farmers (including 27 youth) participated. Baseline information about the ponds was gathered to establish benchmarks for evaluating the initiative going forward. 87 percent of the farmers engaged in the 2013 demonstration pond project reported increased sales.

Cassava Value Chain Project

cassava value chainA wholesale buyer of cassava (right) talks with farmers in Edo State. PIND’s outgrower (contract) farmer program with Idaewor Farms and others will support an industrial market for cassava growers in the Niger Delta.
During the third quarter 1,500 cassava growers signed up to participate in an out-grower (contract farming) program designed to increase the incomes of individual farmers. Separately, NDPI-PIND partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to launch the MARKETS II project, an agronomics best practices training initiative targeting more than 260 farmers in Edo and Ondo States.

Palm Oil Farming Oil Value Chain Project

palm oil value chainPIND Market Development Projects Manager James Elekwachi (standing center background) leads a workshop for members of the Eziorsu Palm Oil Farmers Association on the benefits of achieving business membership organization (BMO) status from the Nigerian government.
Following a PIND-led assessment on how to increase the incomes of members of the Eziorsu Palm Oil Farmers Association, the group succeeded in achieving Business Membership Organization (BMO) status from the Nigerian government. As a result, the association can now access business loans for its members from Nigerian government institutions.

Business Linkages Project

business linkagesBusiness service providers learning how to use the Picking Sound Companies tool for assessing the strength and weaknesses of the small and medium-sized enterprises they assist in the Niger Delta. The training took place at PIND’s Economic Development Center in Warri, Delta State.
Nineteen business service providers received training this quarter on the use of the Picking Sound Companies tool, a corporate diagnostics instrument that helps enterprises decide where to invest. The tool also enables business service providers to better assess the strengths and weaknesses of the small and medium-sized business enterprises they serve.


Appropriate Technology Enabled Development (ATED)

Sourcing and sharing new and existing simple technologies that meet the needs of small businesses

Q1-Q3 2014 Summary
  • 151 new households used ATED-promoted technologies, up from 62 the previous quarter.
  • 34 new local businesses used ATED-promoted technologies, up from two in the previous quarter.
  • 7 partnerships were established to promote appropriate technologies, up from four the previous quarter.
  • 97 persons were trained on the use of appropriate technologies, up from 57 in the previous quarter.

Morgan Smart Development Foundation completed eight Chorkor oven projects in five communities in Edo State. These clean-burning stoves let fish farmers smoke more fish at once, allowing for better storage of their harvests and increasing the ability of farmers to sell their harvests to distant consumers

An equipment fabricator trained by PIND and the Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research was commissioned by the Market Development Program in the Niger Delta under the U.S. Agency for International Development to train small-scale processing equipment fabricators.


Analysis and Advocacy

This program strengthens the quality and application of socioeconomic analysis in decision-making and advocacy

Q3 2014 Summary
  • 6 networks were established for policy advocacy as a result of PIND programs, up from four the previous quarter.
  • 3 programs used research-based approaches in the work as a result of PIND programs, up from one the previous quarter.

nddf logoPreparations continued this quarter for two upcoming Niger Delta Development Forums to bring together public, private, and civil society representatives to discuss key Niger Delta development issues. The theme of the upcoming October 23 Washington, D.C. forum will be “Cultivating Partnerships and Solutions for Economic Security in the Niger Delta.“ The theme of the upcoming (25-26 November) Calabar, Nigeria forum will be “Unlocking Investment Opportunities in Agriculture in the Niger Delta for Regional Competitiveness.”

ndlink logoThis quarter, NDLink’s first twitter chat on #conflictsensitivity with the Peace Building team at PIND reached over 33,000 twitter followers.

NDLink worked with AKVO, a nonprofit foundation that builds open source internet and mobile software to support international development partnership networks, to bring development information online in a way that is easy to search and update for future reporting needs. NDLink staff reached out to project leads from different local and international civil society organizations to update their projects, collect case studies, and document the results using the new AKVO RSR (Really Simple Reporting) tool. A growing number of NDLink member organizations have already been contacted by NDLink to serve as data analysts either by phone, email, or in-person visits. Data collection for this project will continue through 2015.

Capacity Building

The USAID/PIND Civil Society Project working in partnership with the Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) program convened a Niger Delta Stakeholders Issue Forum in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Forty-nine representatives from Niger Delta civil society organizations attended the event to help identify and address barriers to socio-economic growth in the region. The forum focused on promoting knowledge sharing and collaboration among participants. The challenges and solutions discussed during the event will inform civil society organization grant applications for a myriad of initiatives including security, sustainable democracy, environmental degradation, exclusion of women and persons with disabilities and more.

“Thank God for giving me the opportunity to participate in the Centre Leadership, Strategy and Development program on capacity building. This program was an eye opener to me.  It really helped me to understand my leadership strengths and weaknesses. It also enabled me to be more creative. It brought me connections and confidence, and made me more aware of my own leadership capabilities.”
- Rosequeen Ejimogu, participant, PIND youth leadership program 


Peace Building

Providing conflict analysis, conflict resolution training and peace-oriented social marketing programs to manage conflict in vulnerable communities

Q1-Q3 2014 Summary
  • 96 people were active in multi-stakeholder peace building working groups.
  • 17 new peace building interventions were made by PIND stakeholders.
  • 326 people were trained to help promote peaceable livelihoods in the region.
  • 54 organizations self-identified as agents of peace in the information hub.

Partners for Peace (P4P):
The P4P team met with eight P4P state chapters to review and confirm the draft P4P Network Charter. It was agreed the network would build member knowledge, elicit feedback on proposed changes, and support the role of the Central Working Committee and the upcoming officer election. The purpose, ethos, and core values of the P4P network also was reaffirmed including the mandate that chapter leaders manage activities in a democratic, collective and transparent manner. The final version of this P4P charter was later ratified at the P4P Annual Retreat in October.

During this quarter, P4P representatives also presented at American University in Washington DC, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Africa Regional Seminar.
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