We wish to inform you that applications are ongoing for the LIFE-ND Programme for Women and Youths in the Niger Delta (Funded).
The Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises Project for the Niger Delta (LIFE-ND) is a project of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) designed in collaboration with International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The LIFE-ND project will run for six years with a loan of ten million dollars per state — which would help an estimated four thousand small holder farmers benefit from the programme in the state. LIFE-ND program is basically to promote agriculture businesses for the youths.
Participating States: 9
IFAD States: Abia, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo & Ondo
NDDC States: Akwa Ibom, Imo & Rivers.
TARGET BENEFICIAIRES – LIFE-ND Programme
LIFE-ND will primarily target 38,250 (LIFE-ND – 25,500 + NDDC – 12,750) youth and women beneficiaries as Incubatees (Trainees) that will come out of the Incubation System with their own profitable enterprises; 26,775(70%) smallholder farmers and 11,475 (30%) processors/marketers, and eventually serve as Incubators themselves. It will also target about 900 (LIFE-ND – 600 + NDDC – 300) established and potential enterprise Incubators as a pathway for job creation and economic empowerment of the beneficiaries.
The beneficiaries will be youth aged 18 to 35 years and women headed households with children under the age of 15. Overall, 19,125 male youth (50%) and 19,125 women (50%) [female youth 60% (11,475) and women headed households 40% (7,650)].
The beneficiaries will be selected at the village level, while Incubators will be identified on the basis of their involvement in market linkage activities; adoption of out-grower model; experience in the incubation of new enterprises; and technical, financial, managerial and infrastructure capacity to mentor the assigned Incubatees (Trainees) to apprentices.