The Federal Government on Wednesday announced plans to tackle land degradation in the 19 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory with a $600m loan from the World Bank.
It disclosed this at a consultative workshop on climate-resilient and nutrition enriched agriculture innovations organised by HarvestPlus and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in Abuja.
The National Project Coordinator, Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project, Salisu Dahiru, told journalists on the sidelines of the workshop that the intervention was done through the NEWMAP/Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes project.
Dahiru, who was represented by the Water Resources Specialist for NEWMAP/ACReSAL, Ayuba Anda-Yalaks, said the aim of the project was to address the issues of land degradation in terms of deforestation, erosion, storm water management and meeting the needs of people for food production.
“This is because for lands that have been degraded, there is a need to restore these lands to better productive use. By doing that, we are also restoring the landscape,” he stated.
Asked about the number of states to benefit from the project and what it would cost to implement it, he replied, “We are targeting the 19 northern states plus the FCT. The cost of this project is about $600m for a period of six years.