Project ID: 1416

Chinese Government provides technical assistance on small-scale, water-controlled agriculture

Summary

Funding agency [Type]

Unspecified Chinese Government Institution [Government Agency]

Recipient

Nigeria

Sector

Agriculture, forestry, fishing (Code: 310)

Flow type

Free-standing technical assistance

Concessional

Yes

Category

Intent

Development (The next section lists the possible statuses.)

Commercial

Development

Representational

Mixed

Financial Flow Classification

ODA-like (The next section lists the possible statuses.)

Official Development Assistance

Other Official Flows

Vague (Official Finance)

Flows categorized based on OECD-DAC guidelines

Project lifecycle

Status

Implementation (The next section lists the possible statuses.)

Pledge

Commitment

Implementation

Completion

Suspended

Cancelled

Milestones

Commitment year

2002

2004-12-01

Planned completion

Description

In August 2002, Nigeria committed to spending $20 million to modernize the agricultural sector using the Chinese technique, according to Agriculture Minister Adamu Bello, since the traditional rain-fed farming was not as profitable. The project involved the construction of 3,000 small dams that would be used in 'small-scale, water-controlled agriculture.' 10,000 Nigerians were trained on how to build and control small dams within the initial four years that the Chinese team worked in the country. Four or five small dams were built in each local government area within the period. Bello also said the program would lead to enhanced GDP and environmental protection. The $20 million was an investment funded by Nigeria, but the financial value for the contributions of China and the FAO remain unknown.In September 2002, Nigeria embarked on the irrigation of small dams with the assistance of China and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). In 2003, China, Nigeria and FAO signed the South-South Cooperation tripartite agreement. Of the scheduled 524 agricultural experts and technicians, 496 have been fielded to Abuja and other 36 states as of 2007. Areas of activities and applied technologies are small-scale water control, fisheries, livestock, crop production, rural energy, agroprocessing, etc.

Number of official sources

3

Number of unofficial sources

4

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Details

Cofinanced

No

Receiving agencies [Type]

Government of Nigeria [Government Agency]

Implementing agencies [Type]

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) [Intergovernmental Organization]