Strengthening Resilience of Smallholder Farmers in Northeast Nigeria through Agribusiness Market Optimization


Reducing Systemic Risks


Monday, October 14, 2019


1:00 PM




Agriculture is the main source of income in Northeastern Nigeria, but after the Boko Haram insurgency, many communities were displaced. Gradual stabilization is slowly occurring in the region and people are returning to rebuild their livelihoods. This session led by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) will highlight their innovative approach, the Market Optimization, and Outreach Model (MOOM), which looks at how risks related to food insecurity in Northeastern Nigeria can be mitigated through scalable and sustainable private-sector partnerships to strengthen market systems. CRS will share how they implemented the model with three private sector partners: AFEX Commodities Exchange Limited, Notore Chemical Industries Plc, and Hello Tractor. Of the 750 farmers that received input financing during the MOOM pilot, 80.9% were able to increase their yield and begin rebuilding. Participants will work in groups to share conventional approaches in mitigating risks for smallholder productivity in post-conflict contexts and explore relevant case studies.


Dr. Azeez Oseni
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Olawale Awoyemi
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)


This conference is organized by Connexus Corporation