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Propcom Mai-karfi is an innovative, market-driven programme funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) that aims to reduce poverty in Nigeria. The programme works with government, the private sector and businesses to enable rural markets to work better for the poor.

The programme uses a ‘making markets work for the poor (M4P)’ approach in creating systemic changes in agricultural and rural markets in northern Nigeria. We work with motivated partners in the private and public sectors to deliver the programme’s goals and objectives.

The goal of the programme is ‘Increased incomes for the poor through enhanced employment opportunities in Northern Nigeria’ with an outcome of ‘Increased employment and improved productivity in selected agricultural and rural markets in Northern Nigeria.’

The programme expects to deliver the following results:

  • At least 500,000 poor people in northern Nigeria, 50% of them women, will see their incomes raised by up to 50%.
  • At least £12.5 million of additional public and private investment will be stimulated in support of the agriculture sector.

The programme outputs include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Changes in four to six agricultural and rural product markets based on the assessed needs of these sectors (e.g. increased access to private sector supply and distribution of inputs).
  • Government policies and their implementation processes changed in order to create an enabling environment for agriculture and rural sector development (e.g. increase in government investment in enabling infrastructure or a decrease in distorting government intervention).
  • Improved economic opportunities for women in northern Nigeria.
  • Improved food security and nutrition, and reduction in the vulnerability of poor people living in rural areas in northern Nigeria.

Propcom Mai-karfi is planned and designed to be implemented as follows:

  • The first year is for programme design and development of a business case for DFID’s approval (January – December 2012).
  • This is followed by a five-year project implementation period from January 2013 – December 2017.

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