Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Extension & Advisory Services. Connexus is working with Winrock International and USAID, to implement the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Extension & Advisory Services Activity, a 5-year project (2020-2025) that leverages the power of Nigerian entrepreneurship to facilitate learning, replication, and scale around alternative models of extension to increase access and adoption of agricultural technologies for at least two million smallholder producers in Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kebbi, and Niger states. Using Lean principles and tools to develop a deep understanding of the existing production systems and to identify the most promising opportunities to improve efficiency and increase return on investment for farmers, the Activity leverages SMEs as change agents around the identified on-farm opportunities in the cowpea, maize, soybean, rice, and aquaculture value chains. Connexus’ role is to work with groups of MSMEs (including farmers) to connect them with financial institutions and design, pilot, and scale suitable financial products, including bundled financing packages for smallholder farmers, especially women and youth. To date, Connexus has interviewed 10 financial institutions and 25 private sector firms and integrated the findings into the Mapping to Markets (M2M) and Lean Analysis. Over the life of the project, Connexus will help facilitate $60 million in agriculture-related financing linked with improved agricultural extension and advisory services.

Client: Winrock International; 2020 – 2025