With effect from September 2014, the Delegation of the European Union (EU) in Nigeria and the Federal Government of Nigeria through the National Planning Commission (NPC) have granted approval to OXFAM and International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED) to implement a four year Grant on Improving the Fuel Wood Balance in 7 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Baure, Daura, Dutsi, Mai’adua, Mashi, Sandamu and Zango in Katsina State.
The project which seeks to intensify farmer-managed fuel-wood production will also maintain fuel-wood-balance consumption and bring back the resilience of livelihoods of the rural households in the benefiting LGAs. Therefore, by the end of the four years, a target population of 275,000 direct beneficiaries of 55,000 households will initiate and maintain appropriate agroforestry models and will also increase fuel wood efficiency in these households significantly by 75% through the local manufacture and use of Fuel Wood Reduction Stove (FWRS]. By these means, the project shall empower the beneficiaries to generate employment and income so that people remain motivated to plant and maintain trees and also assist in the control of climate change.
The implementing partners (Oxfam and ICEED) are to implement the project with key technical staff at the Project Management Unit (PMU) situated in Katsina, Katsina State with back-up support from organized local NGOs and international experts. In addition, international and national Consultants shall (based on needs) be engaged to provide professional advice and technical services from time to time.
Basically, Agroforesty plays a major role in supporting Community livelihood in the Sudano-Sahelin zone of the Northern Nigeria. The zone has seen continued population growth resulting in increased agriculture and ensuing deforestation and desertification. Therefore, agroforestry has been used as a medium to support and promote sustainable growth and to influence pattern of development.
Indeed, the afforestation projects in the 1990s resulted in vast shelter belts and modest farmer-managed tree on natural regeneration, private windbreaks, woodlots and tree on farm land. Nonetheless, the population uses four times more fuel-wood production than the area produces. Therefore, intensifying farmer-managed fuel-wood production and reducing fuel wood through efficient cookstoves initiatives, will maintain fuel-wood-balance consumption and bring back the resilience of livelihoods of the rural households in the focal LGAs. This is the mission of Farmer Managed Renewal Energy Production in Katsina State.
The objectives of the project include: Sustainably improve the fuel-wood balance and resilience of livelihoods of rural households in the benefiting LGAs of Katsina state. And, at project end, increase wood supply by establishing Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration and other sustainable agroforestry models with more than 5.5 million additional trees planted and maintained to generate income for beneficiaries in target areas, whilst reducing fuel wood demand through dissemination and use of 35,000 households’ fuel wood efficient stoves.
The project will provide the target population of 275,000 direct beneficiaries of 55,000 households with hands-on means and methods to initiate and maintain appropriate agroforestry models such as Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) to protect private and public land. By this means, it shall generate employment and income so that people remain motivated to plant and maintain trees. It will also increase fuel wood efficiency in these households significantly by 75% through the local manufacture and use of Fuel Wood Reduction Stoves (FWRS).
The results to be achieved at the end of the project include:
- By mid-project, beneficiaries and target groups are aware of the fuel wood deficiency, can mention the three main underlying causes and are ready to take action to revert their fuel wood deficiency.
- By mid-project, entrepreneurs, CBO, NGO and LGA capacity strengthened for establishing FMNR and other agroforestry models in the target area.
- By the end of the project, farmer-pastoralist and other conducive tree tenure arrangements are in place in the target area.
- By the end of the project, in the target area 160,000 ha of FMNR and other agroforestry models and nurseries are put in place to enable 55,000 men, women, youth or pastoralists and their families to earn income from tree products.
- By the project end at least four economic agroforestry models have been documented, improved and scaled up
- By the end of project, a local supply chain has installed at least 35,000 FWR stoves in poor and middle income households of which 90% is regularly used, leading to overall 15% reduction in rural fuel wood consumption, and
- Learning dissemination of publications in which agro-forestry/stove dissemination models and their effectiveness are documented, and the lessons learned are analysed.
OUR PROJECT GOALS
Working Together to combat Deforestation in Katsina State.
PROJECT FUNDING DETAILS
For the Duration of 48 months, spanning from 2014 – 2018
€ 5,875,000 (₦ 1,242,204,125)Total Budget